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BAHRAIN BUILDING COLLAPSE KILLS 4, DISPLACES NEARLY 200 WORKERS

Migrant-Rights.org, Bahrain, 14 October 2018 - A building collapse in Salmaniya killed 4 people and injured over 30 on Tuesday night.

Police suspect that a gas explosion caused the collapse. The landlord has been detained pending an investigation, and the neighbouring tenants have also been evacuated.

The residents of the private building were low-income migrant workers. Over 100 people lived in just 16 rooms, with 8 to 9 people per room. Nearly 200 Bangladeshi and Indian migrants have been displaced. They are now living in various shelters, with the support of migrant community organisations, their embassy, the Migrant Worker Protection Society, and the Bahraini government.

Gas explosions, fires, and collapses are common hazards in the derelict buildings that primarily house migrant workers.

These private accommodations are generally less safe than labour camps as they are not subject to inspection. Officials estimate that there are more “illegal labour accommodations” than registered camps.

More than 10 similar incidents have occurred in Bahrain over the last two year.

Though some have spoken about the need to hold neglectful landlords accountable, the same officials are also using the tragedy as justification for banning “bachelors” (the term used for male migrants who migrate without their families, regardless of their actual marital status) from residential areas.

Source: https://www.migrant-rights.org/2018/10/bahrain-building-collapse-displaces-nearly-200-workers/

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