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Ethiopian plane crash: Friends, colleagues remember UNDP consultant as hardworking, vibrant woman

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A and dedicated environmentalist, was on her way to to be a part of an annual conference at Environment Assembly (UNEA) when flight 302 crashed taking her life and of all other 156 people aboard the plane.

Garg, 32, had given over six years to the issue of climate change and sustainable development being a with the Development Programme and attached to the

Government official Rishi Kaushik, who knew Garg for two years, said she was an integral part of the of the ministry.

"She was looking after sustainable development goals and was going to attend an annual environment conference of the UNEA, whose headquarters are in It is attended by environment ministers of several countries along with other delegates," said Kaushik, (International Cooperation and Sustainable Development),

Garg's friend, who did not want to be named, remembered her as a vibrant, happy and hardworking person.

The young woman got married in December last year to her colleague working with the in its environment programme UNEP.

"She was a vibrant person and a happy soul besides being hard working and a dedicated professional. She got married last year in December," said the friend.

Kaushik, who visited Garg's residence, said her family was devastated and waiting to receive her body, which has not been identified in yet, after the crash on Sunday. Garg is survived by her parents, two sisters and a brother.

"The body has still not been identified and brought back. The process is on. Our officials are in Nairobi to look into the formalities to bring the body back," said Kaushik.

Garg was among the four Indians killed in the Nairobi-bound plane that crashed minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all eight crew and 149 passengers, including tourists, business travellers and at least a dozen UN staff, on board.

confirmed the death of Garg in a tweet Sunday.

The tweeted, "My condolences to the families of four Indian nationals who have died in an unfortunate crash of Sadly, a UNDP attached to my ministry @moefcc Ms Shikha Garg, also died in the crash. My prayers for the departed souls.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 21:00 IST