The authorities are taking steps to ensure safety rules are followed when buildings are constructed. But parents too are responsible for their children’s safety. Picture was taken under adult supervision and is for illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Gulf News Archive

Sharjah: A four-year-old boy plunged to his death from the 16th floor of a building in Sharjah on Tuesday, the latest victim in a spate of similar accidents rocking the country.

The Emirati boy fell from the Al Sondos building, where he lived, at around 10pm, a senior official at Sharjah Police told Gulf News yesterday. The building is located in Al Mamzar.

"Ebrahim Omar Al Jasmi lost his balance while he was standing on a chair and attempting to look out from the balcony," the police official said.

Police rushed to the scene, but found that the boy was already dead. The body was sent to Al Qasimi hospital at 10.30pm and later handed over to his family for burial.

Eyewitnesses also told the police that the boy fell off the balcony after he lost his balance.

Alarmingly, Ebrahim is the third child to have died in similar incidents last month in Sharjah.

On November 19, a four-year-old girl died after she fell from the 15th floor balcony of her apartment in the Al Qasimia area at around 1.30am. The child and her year-and-a-half-old brother had been left unsupervised as their parents went shopping after putting them to bed.

Caution urged

On November 24 a three-year-old blind boy died when he fell from the 14th floor of his building in Al Nahda at around 7am. His mother was waiting downstairs with his two sisters for their school bus to arrive when the tragedy occurred.

Police have urged families who live in high-rise buildings to be cautious with children and never leave them unattended so as to prevent such incidents from recurring.

— With inputs from Rayeesa Absal, staff reporter