Friday, 15 December, 2017

Bangladeshis among 11 killed in fire at Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA House fire leaves 11 foreign workers dead 11 Indian and Bangladeshi migrant workers die in Saudi Arabia after fire engulfs windowless house
Howard Terry | 14 July, 2017, 00:26

The total casualties in the fire incident are 11 people with 6 others injured. Among the six injured workers, four were from India, Saudi Gazette reported. She sought the assistance of the Ministry of External Affairs to bring back his mortal remains.

On Wednesday night, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that she had spoken to the Indian Consul General in Jeddah. "Eleven people died of asphyxiation, and six others were injured", the report quoted Najran Civil Defenve spokesman Abdullah Al-Farie as saying.

He also said that a consulate help team is stationed in Najran and he was personally in touch with all relevant authorities including the governorate in Najran. Najran is 900 km from Jeddah.

According to the last official figures released in 2015, nine million foreigners work in Saudi Arabia and a lot of them come from South Asia.

The workers, who belonged to a construction company, were living near a gold market area in Faisaliah district. Swaraj tweeted on Thursday confirming the death of 10 Indian nationals, while assuring that the Indian staff would leave for Saudi by the first flight available.

The consul general said that particulars of victims would be made public shortly.

Nine million foreigners work in the Kingdom, many of them from South Asia, according to the last official figures released in 2015.

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