Mum risks life to save kids; RAK orders repairs

Ceiling of house began to cave in on 6-year old daughter and son, 3

An Emirati woman narrowly escaped death after sacrificing her life to save her two children from a collapsing ceiling at their house in Ras Al Khaimah, the Arabic language daily Al Khaleej reported on Wednesday.

Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, has ordered the Maintenance Projects Committee in the emirate to carry out immediate repair works to a citizen's home in Rams area.

Chairman of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Maintenance Projects Committee Ahmed Abdullah Alamash said that the committee has already started the repair works adopting the best technical methods for maintenance.

He hailed the care and support given by the Crown Prince to guarantee the welfare of the citizens and to ease up the burden of the living expenses straining them.

On Tuesday, Aisha Mohammed was putting her six-year-old daughter and her son, 3, to bed when she heard the ceiling crack at mid night as all other members of the family were asleep in other rooms, the paper said.

As blocks of cements began fall off the ceiling in that room, her maternal instinct made the 27-year-old Aisha jump forward and cower her children under her body, which received the falling ceiling parts, it said.

“I was so scared when I heard my children scream that in nearly fainted…then some cement blocks hit my head…I then hugged my children and started to beg God to help me,” the woman told the paper at hospital.

“I later heard knocking at the door as other family members began to wake up…I struggled to get up and walked heavily to the door and opened it…afterwards, I could not remember what happened as I fell unconscious.”

Al Khaleej said it reported the incident to an official at the Zayed Housing Programme, who admitted that an application by that woman’s husband for maintenance of their house had been under consideration since 2006.

“What we need now is another report showing that it is an urgent case,” the unnamed official said.

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