The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Thursday January 01 2015
Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini says the city administration has prepared special mass funeral services and a cremation area with the capacity of 80 bodies at the Adi Jasa Funeral Home for AirAsia flight QZ8501 victims.
Risma said the services would be offered to the passengers’ families.
“We have already set up special funeral services at Adi Jasa,” Risma said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.
She added that AirAsia would help pay for the services at Adi Jasa.
Aside from the funeral and cremation services, the city administration has also prepared special burial grounds in the Surabaya Keputih area for the passengers.
Risma noted that 80 Surabaya residents were on the flight from Juanda International Airport to Singapore’s Changi International Airport.
When the flight was confirmed missing, Risma also moved to protect and secure the assets of the passengers.
Nine bodies have been recovered by the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) from the Java Sea as of Thursday evening, with four already in Surabaya for identification purposes
Tired Risma nearly faints as she assists families of AirAsia victims
Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini almost passed out on Thursday afternoon due to exhaustion while offering assistance to the families of victims from AirAsia flight QZ8510.
Based on kompas.com observations, four personnel from the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) rushed to the antemortem command post at the East Java Police headquarters in Surabaya carrying an oxygen tank.
“She is suffering from extreme fatigue and needs oxygen,” a PMI officer who refused to mention his name said when questioned by the press.
He, however, said that Risma was fine and conscious.
Since Sunday morning when AirAsia flight QZ8501 was declared missing by the government, Risma has continued to offer support and assistance to the families of flight victims. Risma said she wanted her city administration to help the central government and AirAsia Indonesia send the bodies of the passengers to their families.
On Tuesday, Risma helped carry the mother of one the victims who fainted after hearing news that the joint search and rescue team found some bodies in Pangkalan Bun waters, Central Kalimantan.