Floods in Western Sydney, Australia took the life of a Pakistani national after he got trapped in his car. Ayaz Younus, a 25-year-old engineering student got trapped in his Toyota Camry in the floodwaters on the northern outskirts of Sydney. He desperately tried to free himself from the car, but unfortunately, could not get out. The tragic incident occurred on Wednesday morning, last week.
Younus, who hailed from Malir Cantt Karachi was studying software engineering in Australia. He was on his first day of job as a contractor when he got trapped in floodwaters on Cattai Ridge Road in Glenorie. Police said the man called emergency services just before 6.30 am, reported The Weekend Australian.
He managed to stay on the phone to Triple-0 for nearly 40 minutes until the connection was lost. Later, the police found his vehicle just after 1 pm with his body inside.
“Had he not rung us, we never would have found him,” a Detective Inspector said on Wednesday. “We can only speculate that he may have not known the area as locals would.”
He told the reporters,
“He may not have seen the water as he drove in given the fact that the gates across the road were completely submerged. Sadly, in hindsight, we can always say never drive into a swollen road and that will form part of our inquiries.”
Ayaz Younus had two elder brothers and one younger sister. Farhat Jaffri, from the Pakistan Association of Australia, said he had spoken to his father and that the family has requested to send his body back to Karachi for burial.