158 INDIANS DIE IN KUWAIT IN THREE MONTHS

KUWAIT, Oct 20 – A total of 158 Indians died in Kuwait, during a three-month period, from July-Sept, the Indian Embassy in Kuwait has revealed.

The embassy did not detail how the expats died, including whether any of the deaths were related to their work on construction sites.

In June, two Indian labourers died, after an elevator at a construction site plummeted eight floors.

A month earlier, Kuwait’s Education Minister resigned, after two Egyptian workers died, when they were buried in an 8-metre deep hole, after a landslide at Kuwait University’s under-construction Shaddadiya campus.

The deaths of foreign labourers in the Gulf is a highly contentious issue, with some international labour rights organisations claiming poor safety standards and protection of workers’ rights have caused scores, if not hundreds, of deaths.

Last year, Qatar forced the Nepalese government to recall its ambassador, after she described Qatar as “an open jail” during an interview on the BBC.

The Guardian also reported that 44 Nepalese labourers had died during the summer, while working on Qatar developments, based on information provided by the Nepalese embassy in Doha.

SOURCE: KUNA