NA deputies listen to report on UK lorry tragedy hinh anh 1At the scene of the tragedy in which 39 people were found dead in a container in Essex country of the UK (Photo: Reuters/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)National Assembly (NA) General Secretary Nguyen Hanh Phuc on November 5 delivered an initial report to deputies on Vietnam’s response to issues related to Vietnamese victims in the recent lorry tragedy in Essex, the UK.

He quoted a Government report as saying that on October 23, British police announced that 39 people were found dead in a container in Essex countyand they supposed that the victims were Chinese. However, on October 25, the police said they were not sure about nationalities of the victims.

After learning of the information that the victims may include Vietnamese, on October 26, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement affirming the readiness to take citizen protection measures if there is any Vietnamese in the case.

On October 29, the British side handed over to Vietnam dossiers and finger prints of all 39 victims as part of the efforts to determine their nationalities and names.

On November 2-3, a delegation from the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs worked with British authorities on the case, but the final announcement on the nationalities and names of the victims has yet to be released.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has directed the two ministries to work closely with the British side to identify names of the victims, while investigating into criminal rings that smuggle Vietnamese abroad, rolling out measures to protect Vietnamese citizens and sending an inter-sectoral working team to the UK to collaborate with the British side to deal with the case.

He has also asked the ministries to directly update families of the victims with relevant information and help them in organising funeral.

The PM also requested the Ministry of Information and Communications to alert the community on criminal rings of illegal migration, and refute wrongful information on the case.

On November 3, the Government held a meeting with ministries, sectors and localities to discuss a plan to receive bodies of the victims from the UK.

After listening to the report, Vice NA Chairman Uong Chu Luu, on behalf of the NA, extended his deepest condolencesto the bereaved families.

The NA has asked the Government, ministries, sectors and localities to work closely with relevant parties to promptly clarify the case and implement citizen protection measures, he said, adding that the Ministry of Public Security has been asked to bust illegal migration rings and apply measures to effectively prevent the crime./.