Members of the same family died in a sewage hole in UAE

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Saeed Abdullah Rashid Al Sereidi, 50, his two sons Abdul Aziz Saeed
Abdullah, 24 and Ahmad Saeed Abdullah, 23, and son-in-law Mohammad Saeed
Rashid, 37, died inside their home’s septic tank while trying to clean
the sewage tank.The incident took place in the Rol Dhana area in Fujairah on Saturday, August 29th.

According
to the nephew, the tank had been drained by a municipality tanker
earlier on Saturday morning. Soon after, Saeed Abdullah Rashid Al
Sereidi poured a strong chemical down the bathroom drains leading to the
tank for
additional cleaning. When he went into the tank to check the results,
the chemical, said to be an acid, reacted with the moisture and produced
a deadly toxic gas, Gulf News reports. By the time family members could
understand what was happening, it was already too late for the four
victims.

“All the poison went on my uncle’s face and he fell down. He called
his wife for help but she couldn’t do anything. She went back inside and
told his sons, ‘help your dad!’ One of his sons went directly into the
tank, felt dizzy and fell. His brother went in after him and the same
thing happened. Then she started screaming and her son-in-law, who was a
neighbour, came and jumped inside as well. He smelt something and fell
down,” he explained.
The victims were rushed to Fujairah
Hospital, where they were declared dead on arrival. Their bodies were
later shifted to the forensic laboratory for a post-mortem and will be
handed over later to their family for burial.

“The tragedy is
that they died in their attempts to rescue each other,” Lieutenant
Colonel Dr Saeed Al Hassani, acting director of Media and Public
Relations Department in Fujairah Police, told Gulf News,

Commenting
on Saturday’s incident, Mohammad Saif Al Afkham, director- general of
Fujairah Municipality, said the municipality had nothing to do with this
incident.

“It happened due to a lack of awareness. People need
to be more educated about the risk of using such chemical substances,”
he said

Source- Gulf News.

Images- Fujairah Civil Defence

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