HONG KONG, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's Social Welfare Department announced Wednesday that they will provide long term support both psychologically and financially to families involved in the recent hostages crisis.
This is not a one time assistance, spokesperson of the Social Welfare Department told Xinhua, saying that special volunteers will be designated if necessary.
Experienced volunteers and psychologists have been sent to contact with hostage-taken tour group members and their relatives in Manila and Hong Kong to understand their needs and to offer help, said the spokesperson.
Survivors and their families as well as bodies of the victims will return to Hong Kong Wednesday evening on a special charter flight arranged by the Hong Kong government, when volunteers from the Social Welfare Department will be at the airport to meet them and to make company in order to follow up the situation, said the spokesperson.
An ex-policeman turned gunman hijacked a tour bus carrying 21 Hong Kong tourist Monday morning in Manila. The incident ended with eight tourists dead and seven injured. The hostage taker was killed in police assault.