One dead in Jurong Island pipe burst

One dead in Jurong Island pipe burst
SCALDED: Foreign workers outside the hospital morgue yesterday.One of the three injured Indian nationals died on Saturday.

SINGAPORE - One man died and two others suffered 80 per cent burns after a hot water pipe on Jurong Island burst, scalding them.

Chinese evening newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported that the men were carrying out maintenance on the pipe when it burst at 3pm on April 5.

The Indian nationals were taken to Singapore General Hospital, where Mr Sunkara, 27, battled for his life for a week before succumbing to his injuries on Saturday. Police are investigating the unnatural death.

The two other men who sustained injuries, Mr Godensi and Mr Appal, are in critical condition.

The men worked for Penguin Engineering and Construction, which is said to have informed their families of the accident.

"I treat my workers like my own children and went to the hospital to visit them," the boss of the company was quoted as saying.

"I am very sad that one of them has died."

The deceased had worked at the company for more than two years and had planned to return to India yesterday.

Mr Sunkara's cousin, who works in Singapore and who claimed the body yesterday morning, said he found out about the incident only recently and is still unclear exactly what happened.

Chinese evening newspaper Lianhe Wanbao reported that the company is waiting for police investigations to be concluded, but, in the meantime, it is work as usual.

The company is also taking care of the dead man's funeral arrangements.

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