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Dubai: The Indian Consulate in Dubai has appealed to the community to report the death of any Indian national to the missions immediately to avoid delays in claiming the mortal remains of the deceased.

In a press statement issued on Friday, it said, “In the past few weeks, the consulate has observed that due to the COV ID-19 situation there have been delays on the part of employers, sponsors and families in claiming mortal remains from various mortuaries. The consulate has been advised by local authorities that the mortal remains must be claimed expeditiously and their burial/ cremation or repatriation completed. If mortal remains are not claimed and last rites completed within a short span of time, local laws permit authorities to perform the burial locally.”

It said in death cases, the information first comes to employers, sponsors or family and friends of the deceased. In many cases, the consulate has seen undue delay on the part of employers and sponsors in completing the local formalities or even giving the information about the death to the consulate. “Particularly in the COVID-19 situation, this creates additional burden on mortuaries and government facilities,” it said.

The consulate appealed to all employers and sponsors to report the death of any Indian national under their sponsorship immediately on its emergency helpline number +971-507347676 and take urgent steps to complete death-related formalities for performing last rites locally or in India as per family’s authorisation. Information related to death can also be sent on its email deathregistration.dubai@mea.gov.in

“We also request family or friends of anyone who passes away to inform the consulate about the same and provide their authorisation quickly. This is especially important in case of any unfortunate death due to COVID-19 wherein the last rites needs to be completed locally as per the directives of the Government of UAE. These steps are necessary to ensure dignified end to a departed soul,” it added

Earlier, Gulf News had reported about unprecedented rush in UAE crematoriums.

Flight suspensions preventing the repatriation of mortal remains and COVID-19 deaths requiring local cremation have burdened crematoriums in the UAE, prompting calls for more facilities to solve the agonising delay in performing last rites faced by grieving families, the report on June 1 said.

Cremation facilities in the UAE have been facing unprecedented delays in performing funeral ceremonies of people of different faiths who burn bodies of the deceased in the past couple of months, social workers and community leaders dealing with cremation procedures had told Gulf News.

Consul General of India in Dubai Vipul had said that the mission was aware of the issue and had been taking measures to help the bereaved families.