More than 6.5 thousand labor migrants who worked on the construction of stadiums, hotels and other facilities in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar were killed, reports zakon.kz.
They worked in the construction of stadiums, hotels, airports and other facilities. The Guardian received this data from the embassies in Qatar of five countries, whose citizens worked on local construction sites.
Most of all Indians died – 2.7 thousand people, another 1.6 thousand – from Nepal, 1 thousand – from Bangladesh, more than 800 – from Pakistan and just over 550 – from Sri Lanka.
The publication notes that official sources underestimate the number of deaths, as preparations for the tournament are still ongoing.
It is clarified that the announced figure does not include migrants from Kenya, the Philippines and other countries from where people go to work in Qatar, which launched a serious program of construction of new facilities before the championship.
Heatwave in Qatar was the leading cause of death in 2019, according to the publication. There are also several examples of deaths from electric shock, falls from heights and other construction accidents.
At the same time, over the past ten years, the country’s authorities have stated that the majority of workers died of natural causes.
The newspaper writes that the Qatari authorities characterized the majority of cases as natural deaths, but often deaths were left without special attention and an autopsy that would help determine the cause was not carried out.