Tuesday, February 23, 2021

1017 Bangladeshi workers die in Qatar World Cup preparations


The Guardian reports

The Football World Cup will be held in Qatar next year. But over the past decade, nearly six and a half thousand migrant workers have lost their lives in hosting the World Cup. Of which 1,017 people lost their lives in Bangladesh.

The workers from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka were involved in various projects surrounding the World Cup in the country. A lengthy investigation by the British media The Guardian has revealed the deaths of migrant workers in Qatar. Qatar, the host country of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, has claimed that most of the construction workers who have died in the last 10 years are normal. According to the Guardian, 79 per cent of deaths in Bangladesh, India and Nepal are due to natural causes and 12 per cent to road accidents. The work environment is associated with only 6 percent of deaths. And 6 percent of workers have committed suicide. This report is based on the official data of these five countries in Asia.

The Guardian reports citing official figures from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. According to data from the embassies and other government offices in Qatar and the five countries, 2,611 Indian workers died between 2010 and 2020. At the same time, 1,018 Bangladeshis lost their lives in Qatar. In these ten years, 1,841 people from Nepal, 624 from Pakistan and 558 from Sri Lanka have died in Qatar. The report claims that the actual death toll could be higher. Migrant workers from Kenya and the Philippines were not included in the report.

Qatar has been conducting unprecedented construction for the past decade as part of preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Construction work on seven new stadiums as well as dozens of large projects is said to have been completed or is under construction.

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