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‘He wanted to bring his wife home’: Husband of Filipino woman who died in Sharjah fire discharged from hospital – News


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Published: Friday, April 12, 2024, 9:58 p.m.

Last update: Saturday April 13, 2024, 00:15

The husband of the Filipino woman who died in the recent tragic fire in Sharjah has been discharged from the hospital and is awaiting repatriation home, along with his wife’s remains, the Philippine labor attaché in Dubai confirmed. Khaleej Times on Friday.

The identities of the couple were not provided, but labor attaché John Rio A. Bautista said “the husband of the deceased victim is now safe and has been released from the hospital.”

Philippine authorities were able to speak to the expatriate, who they said wished to “immediately recover.”

“One of his motivations was that he wanted to bring his wife home himself,” according to Hans Leo Cacdac, head of the Migrant Workers Department in Manila, quoted in local media reports.

“In a way, it was his dead wife who also encouraged him to recover. Now he is safe,” Cadac said in an interview.

The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) and the Migrant Workers Office (MWO) in Dubai are helping the husband complete the necessary documents for the repatriation of his wife’s remains, Bautista said.

“The expenses will be borne by MWO. The deceased had her husband’s visa.”

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Bautista added that MWO also provided financial assistance to the other Filipino victims of the Sharjah fire, while the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) provided them with food assistance.

Juan Río A. Bautista.  Photo: Exterior

Juan Río A. Bautista. Photo: Exterior

“Most of those affected by the fire have already returned to their homes,” he added.

The devastating fire broke out in a high-rise residential building in the Al Nadha area of ​​Sharjah on April 4. According to Sharjah Police, five people were killed and 44 injured in the incident. The deaths, including that of the unidentified Filipina, are believed to have been caused by asphyxiation.

Besides the couple, 10 other Filipinos, including two children, who live in the same building, were also affected by the fire.


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