Family Members of deceased KOICA workers arrive in Sri Lanka

The family members of the two deceased Korean volunteer workers arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka in the wee hours of Monday.

They went directly to where the bodies of their loved ones lay and confirmed their identities.

Twenty-two-year old Kim Young-woo and 24-year-old Jang Moon-jeong were killed after being struck by lightning on Saturday evening in the mountainous Haputale region in central Sri Lanka.

The two were volunteers for Korea International Cooperation Agency, KOICA, which is affiliated with Korea’s foreign affairs ministry and implements the country’s aid programs for developing countries.

At the time of the fatal accident, Kim and Jang were visiting a fellow volunteer in Haputale.

KOICA told Arirang TV on Monday that it was organizing a memorial service to honor the two volunteers.

The agency is currently going through legal formalities to transfer the bodies of the deceased, which are expected arrive in Korea as early as Wednesday night.

Three other KOICA workers were injured in the incident and are now under the care of two Korean doctors who arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday.

They are scheduled to return to Seoul as early as Monday night.

Reeling from the tragic incident, KOICA says it will check the safety of its workers stationed overseas and offer safety education for them.

The aid agency has about 13-hundred workers serving on missions in 29 different countries.

Of that total, 74 volunteers are currently working in Sri Lanka. (Arirang News)