UAE rain: Filipino dies after car falls into sinkhole, 2 Filipinas suffocate to death in vehicle

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A car is submerged in floodwater in Al Barsha, Dubai on April 18, 2024. MARIVIC MORA/EXPAT MEDIA READER

Three Filipinos died after heavy rain sparked widespread flooding in the UAE earlier this week, the Philippine Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) announced on Thursday (April 18).

The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi quoted the DMW as saying that the deaths were the “result of recent heavy flooding in the UAE”.

The DMW did not identify the victims but said they were two women and a man. “The two females died due to suffocation inside their vehicle during the flooding. The third victim died due to major injuries sustained from an accident when his vehicle fell into a sinkhole at the height of the flooding,” according to DMW.

Sharjah Police Commander-in-Chief Major General Saif Al Shamsi confirmed that the incident involving the two women happened in Sharjah. “The autopsy confirmed their death was due to carbon monoxide poisoning,” Al Shamsi said.

The police chief said the Filipinas were trapped in their car while caught in a traffic jam on Al Wahda Street on their way home. Two other people who were with them in the car were able to leave the vehicle before it became completely sealed by floodwaters, which led to the accumulation of carbon monoxide inside the vehicle from the running air-conditioning unit.

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DMW Officer-in-Charge Hans Leo Cacdac expressed condolences and sympathies to the families and relatives of the victims and assured that the department will give its “fullest support and assistance”.

The DMW said it was working with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to provide assistance to the families of the victims.

In a statement to media, the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai assured that “all efforts are being undertaken to ensure that Filipinos affected by floods are provided assistance”. The consulate said it was also coordinating with Dubai Police for more details on the three deaths in order to “provide necessary assistance”.

On Tuesday (April 16), the UAE experienced “unprecedented weather”, with heavy rain across the country. According to authorities, the rain in less than 24 hours brought the highest rainfall level ever recorded in the UAE in 75 years. ICA/Expat Media

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