Tuas explosion: workers who died in a fire were the breadwinners
SINGAPORE: The three workers who died from injuries sustained in an explosion at an industrial building in Tuas last week have been identified, with migrant workers’ advocacy group ItsRainingRaincoats (IRR) saying the men were financially supporting their families back home. them.
In the explosion, five other workers were seriously injured.
An online ItsRainingRaincoats campaign raised nearly S $ 400,000 for workers on Tuesday March 2 afternoon, exceeding its goal of S $ 300,000. the countryside hosted on GIVE.asia will end at 12 noon on Wednesday.
ItsRainingRaincoats said the donations would be “split evenly” among the eight victims.
The funds will be held by GIVE.asia and paid by the platform to the accounts of the immediate family members of the victims.
The group will also contact local representatives in the countries of origin of the victims to administer the donations, he said.
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The February 24 incident was caused by a combustible dust explosion at a site used by Stars Engrg. The dust was in the form of powdered potato starch, a material used for production by the company.
The eight workers were employees of the company.
Two other workers from an opposing unit also suffered burns in the incident, but have since been released from hospital.
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On the fundraising website, ItsRainingRaincoats shared details of the three men who died:
Mr Shohel had just turned 23 last month and was the second of five siblings.
He was originally from Bangladesh.
ItsRainingRaincoats, who spoke to Mr. Shohel’s younger brother, said Mr. Shohel was one step away from paying off the debt he incurred to work in Singapore when he died.
Before Mr Shohel left for the country, he told his father to stop working and that he would take care of the family, ItsRainingRaincoats said citing Mr Shohel’s brother.
Their mother recently had major surgery and is on long-term medication.
After arriving in Singapore, Mr. Shohel sent money home every month, ItsRainingRaincoats said, citing Mr. Shohel’s brother. The money Mr. Shohel returned was also used for the education of his younger siblings.
“Brother took care of all of our needs and got us things before we could even ask,” Mr. Shohel’s brother, Mr. Masud, told ItsRainingRaincoats.
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Mr. Anisuzzaman had lived in Singapore for 17 months. The 29-year-old Bangladeshi was a key breadwinner as both parents are not well enough to work, ItsRainingRaincoats wrote.
The organization, which spoke to Mr. Anisuzzaman’s older brother, said Mr. Anisuzzaman was looking after the education of his younger siblings.
He had taken out a loan to come to Singapore and still has a hell of a lot to pay back.
“Everyone in their hometown knew Ani. He not only served his family, but was always ready to support anyone, ”ItsRainingRaincoats said.
Security supervisor Mr. Marimuthu, 38, is survived by his mother, a blind father, four sisters, a younger brother, his wife Rajapriya, 28, and two daughters – Riya Sri, five, and Lithisha , 10 months. He had worked in Singapore for over 12 years.
Mr. Marimuthu, who was called “Muthu” and was from India, never met his newborn daughter. He was last home in August 2019, the Straits Times reported.
“He was never able to enjoy his life as he always struggled to make ends meet,” ItsRainingRaincoats said.
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ItsRainingRaincoats said it had also identified the five migrant workers in critical condition and that its volunteers were “committed to connecting” with their families to provide support.
“No amount of money can bring back the lives or fully restore these men and families. We can only do our best to show a little kindness and compassion, and bring our own little light into this dark situation, ”ItsRainingRaincoats wrote.
“We hope this episode will also re-emphasize the importance of ensuring workplace safety in all settings at all times,” he added.