Woman’s body found after explosion at townhouse in Whalan, Western Sydney

The mother of a woman missing after an explosion at a western Sydney unit told neighbors “my daughter is strong”, before police confirmed a woman’s body had been found.

Emergency services rushed to the Waikanda Crescent townhouse in Whalan on Saturday after an explosion destroyed the unit, which almost completely collapsed.

On Monday, police confirmed they found the body of a woman at 3.20am; the identity still needs to be confirmed and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

The news comes amid fears over the disappearance of nurse Jasmin Mhey, 30, who was visiting her mother when the accident occurred.

A search was launched as she was trapped in the rubble.

Residents told the Daily Telegraph that his mother, Mercy, kept vigil across the road as rescuers desperately sifted through the debris.

“She (Ms Mhey’s mother) kept dialing her daughter’s number, but there was nothing,” local woman Amy said.

“He then told police that his daughter was supposed to be at the Volcano steak restaurant in Wetherill Park.

“So, the police called there and they said she didn’t show up, so we knew she had to be down there.”

Another local told the Sydney newspaper that Mercy kept saying “my daughter is strong, my daughter is strong”.

NSW Fire and Rescue, police and specialist urban rescue teams were sifting through rubble on Waikanda Crescent in Whalan after the explosion.

Firefighters rushed to the scene of the crash in Waikanda Crescent, which injured six people and destroyed several nearby units just before 1pm on Saturday.

The explosion was so strong that it was felt 40 kilometers away.

Five people were evacuated, including two women aged between 60 and 70. A dog was also rescued.

Initial rescue attempts were hampered by the gas main, which was not isolated until late Saturday afternoon.

Once it was extinguished, a large-scale search began as rescuers desperately sifted through the rubble, including with seismic monitoring devices.

Initial reports indicated that rescuers heard bangs or bangs in the hours immediately following the explosion.

Although the cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained, it is thought to have been caused by a gas leak.

Housing Minister Rose Jackson told Nine News on Sunday that her department was investigating reports of a gas smell in government-owned units.

“I am deeply concerned by the testimonies of residents who have reportedly raised the issue of the smell of gas over the last 12 months,” she said.

“I have instructed Homes NSW to urgently investigate the matter. The Department is currently checking maintenance records to identify any precedent for this.”

Ms Jackson confirmed that residents will be entitled to counseling and temporary accommodation until future housing options are identified.

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