The family of a 48-year-old Indonesian domestic worker who was killed by a falling tree branch in Hong Kong on Tuesday appealed for help to send the worker’s body back to Indonesia as soon as possible.
The deceased domestic worker Jumiati Supadi, who had worked for the same Hong Kong family for 12 years, died after being hit by a falling tree branch in Shun Lee Estate in Kowloon, news website HK01.com reported, citing liputanbmi.com.
Jumiati’s son and daughter are said to still be in shock after learning the news from a friend who works in Hong Kong. They had spoken to their mother on the phone, who sounded cheerful, just a day before the tragedy.
Jumiati, who came from East Java, used to work for the mother of his current employer, Mr Wong. After his mother died, Wong employed the Indonesian migrant worker, who was mainly responsible for cooking, Apple Daily reported.
One of her Indonesian friends said Jumiati had a good relationship with her employer and his family, adding that she was a nice and polite person.
The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia said last night that it will arrange to help send Jumiati Supadi’s body back to Indonesia.
Tree expert Jim Chi-yung, professor of geography and environmental science of the Education University, said the fallen branch showed decay, Sing Tao Daily reported.
The tree was infected with fungus which weakened it, while its growth was hindered as it was planted on a slope with concrete covering parts of its roots, Jim said.
A total of five people have been killed by falling trees in Hong Kong during the past decade.