Visual from the accident scene
Abu Dhabi: The death count in the gas cylinder explosion in the capital of United Arab Emirates that injured 120 people rose to three. The deceased include two Malayalis and a Pakistani. Kasaragod native Dhanesh (32) who had suffered almost 80 per cent burns succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment. Dhanesh had returned to Abu Dhabi only two days back after vacation. He is unmarried and survived by his mother Narayani and brothers Dhanush and Dhanu. The procedure to bring his body home has started.
The other Malayali was identified as Alappuzha native Sreekumar Ramakrishnan Nair (42). All three killed had arrived at the restaurant to dine.
The Indian Embassy had announced in a statement that 106 Indians were injured in the explosion. They have been admitted to Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, Burjeel Hospital, NMC Specialty Hospital, Medeor Hospital, LLH Hospital, Mediclinic, and Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi. The injured were visited by Abu Dhabi health department officials and Indian officials. The department of Health informed that 56 people are out of danger. The officials also informed that the best treatment will be provided for the injured.
The explosion struck the restaurant just after 1 pm in Abu Dhabi's Khalidiya neighbourhood while the gas cylinder was being filled. The explosion is thought to have happened due to a leak caused while filling up the cylinder. The restaurant run by Kannur native Abdul Khader and Kozhikode native Basheer is situated on the ground floor of a five-storey building. Eight employees of the Food Care restaurant that was destroyed in the blast are undergoing treatment. The police have initiated a probe into the matter.