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500 Indian migrant workers have died in Qatar ahead of 2022 Fifa World Cup

500 Indian migrant workers have died in Qatar ahead of 2022 Fifa World Cup

More than 500 Indian migrant workers have died working on construction projects in Qatar in the last two years with the death toll reaching more than 700, since it was announced the Gulf state will host the 2022 World Cup.

Official figures confirmed by the Indian embassy in Doha reveal more than 700 people have lost their lives since the Arab emirate was awarded the tournament in December 2010.

Documents show 233 Indian migrants lost their lives in 2010, 239 in 2011, 237 Indians working in Qatar died in 2012 and another 241 perished last year.

Official figures from the Indian embassy in Doha have revealed more than 700 Indian migrant workers have died in Qatar since it was announced the Gulf state will be hosting the 2022 World Cup

A further 24 Indian nationals died in the country in January alone.

In the last two years more than 500 workers have died.

In the last four years that number is 974 Indian workers 717 of those since Fifa announced the World Cup would be held there in 2022.

The shocking scale of the death toll among those workers fuelling a construction boom in the Arab emirate has prompted human rights groups to urge Fifa to investigate and call for improved working conditions for the estimated 1.2million migrant workers.

Qatar’s ministry of labour and social

affairs told the Guardian: ‘Clearly any one death in

Qatar or anywhere else is one death too many for the workers, for

their families, but also for Qataris who welcome guest workers to our

country to perform valuable jobs.

‘We are working to understand the

causes of these deaths as these statistics could include a range of

circumstances including natural causes, and road safety incidents, as

well as a smaller number of workplace incidents.’

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced Qatar as host of the 2022 World Cup in 2010 in Zurich

The paper previously reported 382 Nepalese workers have died in Qatar in the last two years.

While the Indian embassy could not provide details as to how people died, Nepalese workers have died as a result of sudden heart failure and workplace accidents.

Jim Murphy, the shadow international development secretary, said: ‘Preparations for the 2022 World Cup cannot go on like this the trickle of worrying reports from the construction sites of Qatar has become a torrent.’

He said some of the practices taking place in the country are tantamount to forced labour, with fears the death toll could reach into the thousands if no action is taken.

Following the revelations about the number of Nepalese deaths the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said

while construction directly related to the World Cup had yet to start it

was committed to providing proper treatment for workers.

An artist impression of the Al Gharafa stadium, one of the Cup venues that organisers said would provide air conditioned comfort for players and fans during the height of the desert summer