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By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — TWO overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have died in a gas explosion in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced this through its online portal on Tuesday, September 2, from a report of the Philippine Embassy in the UAE.
“It is with deep sadness the embassy shares the latest information that two Filipinos died from the unfortunate accident yesterday caused by a gas explosion at a restaurant at Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Road (also known as Airport Road) in Abu Dhabi,” the embassy said.
Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelin M. Quintana already reached out to the victims’ families as she offered condolences to them.
In report posted on Khaleej Times, a UAE media outfit, it quoted Emirates authorities that a “misaligned gas container fittings” triggered the explosion.
In relation with the accident, Emirati authorities called on residents to be careful when handling gas connections.
Quintana also urged members of the large Filipino community in the Emirates to be aware of the local regulations.
She assured that the families of the victims “will be provided all necessary assistance.”
Khaleej Times said the area where the explosion happened has a big Filipino community.
DFA figures put the number of Filipinos in the UAE at more than half a million.
The UAE is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), along with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman. (SDN)
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