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Body of sixth missing member of Asian family found

An Omani citizen near Wadi Bani Khalid has found the body of the sixth member of Sardar Fazal Ahmed's family, which was swept away in a wadi on May 18.

A statement by the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA) read: "The final remains of the family which went missing in Wadi Bani Khalid have been found thanks to a citizen in Saiq, the Wilayat of Al Kamil wa Al Wafi.

"We ask for Allah to envelop them in his mercy," the statement added.

Sardar lost his mother, father, wife and three children after the car they drove to a scenic picnic spot was washed away by torrential flooding.

Sardar, a pharmacist who has been working in Oman for two years, had managed to grab a palm tree branch and pull himself out of the fast-flowing waters in Wadi Bani Khalid, near Ibra, during the incident.


His parents, Khan and Shabana, his wife Arshi, daughter Sidra, 4, son Zaid, 2, and newborn infant son Nooh, were all swept away.

On May 29, the family had found the remains of an infant boy 60km away from where the family had been swept away. The remains were feared to be those of Nooh, who was 28 days old at the time of the incident.

Five bodies were recovered earlier from a flooded wadi. Sardar identified the bodies to be of his parents – Khan Khairullah Sattar and Shabana Begum, his wife Arshi Khan, his four-year-old daughter, Sidra Khan, and 28-day-old son, Nooh Khan.

The search by PACDA and the Royal Oman Police involved night vision goggles, diving teams, as well as help from other volunteer teams.

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