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DMW works to send home OFWs who died due to UAE flooding

MANILA: The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is working to repatriate the remains of the three overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died during the severe flooding in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) early this week.

‘Migrant Workers Office – Dubai and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Office, in particular, met with the next of kin of the three OFWs. They explained the procedures needed to facilitate the repatriation of their remains back to the Philippines,’ read the advisory issued by the DMW on Friday evening.

DMW Officer in Charge, Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac, announced in his X post on Friday that two Filipinas died from suffocation inside their vehicle at the height of the flooding on Wednesday.

A third victim, a male OFW, died after sustaining major injuries when his vehicle fell into a sinkhole. His two male OFW companions at the time of the incident suffered injuries and are recuperating.

The MWO-Dubai officers were able to visit and talk with them in their hospital rooms af
ter the incident.

Meanwhile, the DMW and OWWA personnel are working with the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai to assist stranded OFWs and other Filipinos who were affected when their flights were delayed or rescheduled by the Dubai International Airport due to inclement weather conditions.

They were provided with food packs, essential personal items, and airline flight assistance to help them on their way.

Food and relief packs were distributed by the MWO-Abu Dhabi to about 800 OFWs living and working in the Al Touba District in Al Ain, which was badly affected by the severe weather disturbance.

Despite the improved weather conditions, the MWO-Dubai reported that large areas around the Gulf State remain flooded.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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