The total number of workers who died during the construction and renovations of stadia in Qatar has been put between 400 and 500 a top Qatari official has said.
This is by far the country’s highest figure of casualties in history, according to Daily Mail.
This was confirmed by secretary-general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Hassan al-Thawadi, during an interview with a British journalist Piers Morgan.
“The estimate is around 400, between 400 and 500… I don’t have the exact number.
“That’s something that’s been discussed.’ The figure is a drastically higher number than any other previously offered by Doha”, Mr al-Thawadi replied.
In a later statement issued regarding the controversial figures, the Supreme Committee said Mr al-Thawadi was referring to, “national statistics covering the period of 2014-20 for all work-related fatalities (414) nationwide in Qatar, covering all sectors and nationalities”.
A foreign based publication had erroneously put the figures at 6,500 since the country got the hosting right in 2010, but it has now been debunked by the Qatari official.