Abu Dhabi gas explosion: Two dead, 120 injured

Residents were evacuated to safety from six residential buildings that had been affected by the blast



Photo: Abu Dhabi Police
Photo: Abu Dhabi Police

By Web Desk

Published: Mon 23 May 2022, 7:55 PM

Last updated: Mon 23 May 2022, 10:50 PM

Two people died and over 100 were injured in the gas explosion that occurred in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Authorities in Abu Dhabi confirmed that, according to initial figures, 64 people suffered minor injuries, while 56 others had moderate injuries. The injured were transferred to hospitals to receive the necessary health care.

The explosion in Al Khalidiya area caused material damage to shops as well as to the facades of neighbouring buildings.

Authorities had earlier confirmed that residents were evacuated to safety from six residential buildings that had been affected by the explosion. Work is currently underway to provide temporary housing for the affected residents until the buildings are completely secured.

Late into the night, special teams were seen conducting inspections of the residential building where the entire restaurant on the ground floor was destroyed. Several streets in the Khalidiyah area remained cordoned off due to safety concerns.

The area is thickly populated with several residential buildings and restaurants, with the majority expat community hailing from the Indian subcontinent and the rest from Arab countries and the Philippines.

Authorities expressed their sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the deceased and wished the injured a speedy recovery. They also called on the public to obtain information about the accident from official sources.

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