Bodies of three workers who died from Tuas explosion to be repatriated

The blast occurred on the premises of Stars Engrg on Feb 24, 2021. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

SINGAPORE - The three workers who died from the explosion in Tuas last week were sent off in a ceremony at the Geylang Bahru Industrial Estate on Wednesday morning (March 3).

In a Facebook post, the Migrant Workers Centre (MWC) said its team and the Building Construction And Timber Industries Employees' Union (Batu) attended the last rites for the dead victims.

The three coffins were placed side by side during the ceremony at the undertaker's premises, as about 30 people - fellow workers and friends - paid their last respects.

The three men who died were: Mr Marimuthu S, 38; Mr Shohel Md., 23; and Mr Anisuzzaman "Ani" Md., 29.

MWC said their bodies will be repatriated to their hometowns in India and Bangladesh on Thursday (March 4).

Mr Marimuthu's younger brother, who is also working in Singapore, will be bringing his brother's remains home.

A total of 10 workers were taken to hospital after the explosion at 32E Tuas Avenue 11 last Wednesday (Feb 24).

Two were discharged soon after. Three died, while their five remaining colleagues fought for their lives in the intensive care unit (ICU).

But on Tuesday, four of the five who remain in hospital were moved to high dependency wards and are no longer in critical condition.

MWC said that it was working with the hospital to arrange video calls with their families.

The blast occurred on the premises of Stars Engrg, a contractor dealing with fire protection systems.

It forced the evacuation of 65 others in the vicinity of the blaze.

The MWC team and the Building Construction And Timber Industries Employees' Union attended the last rites organised by the company to pay their last respects to the dead victims. PHOTO: MIGRANT WORKERS' CENTRE/FACEBOOK

The Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) preliminary investigations found that the explosion was caused by the accumulation of potato starch in a confined environment.

Contact with a source of ignition can cause a combustible dust explosion.

A fundraising campaign on Give.Asia by non-profit organisation ItsRainingRaincoats (IRR) has closed after raising more than $600,000 for the victims of the explosion.

Public donors and well-wishers who wish to help support the workers affected in the explosion, as well as other accidents involving distressed migrant workers, can make their donations to the Migrant Workers' Assistance Fund.

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