Qatar Says Nepali Worker Dies Building World Cup Stadium

Human Rights Watch has previously claimed hundreds of workers are dying every year, adding that Qatari authorities have refused to make necessary information public or adequately investigate the deaths

This file photo taken with a fisheye lens on February 6, 2018 shows construction work at the Al-Wakrah Stadium
Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

Qatar says a Nepali worker has died while helping to build a stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the Arab nation.

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said in a statement Tuesday the 23-year-old worker died at its Al Wakrah Stadium project site.

It offered no cause of death, though the committee said both Qatari and Nepali authorities were notified. An investigation into the death is underway.

The committee says it “shares its deepest condolences with the family at this time.”

Qatar has faced criticism for worker conditions as it prepares for the World Cup.

In March of 2017, Human Rights Watch claimed hundreds of workers are dying every year, adding that Qatari authorities have refused to make necessary information public or adequately investigate the deaths, which could be caused by labouring in the region’s fierce climate.

A British worker, Zachary Cox, died after falling nearly 40 meters (130 feet) in January 2017 at the Khalifa International Stadium. A British coroner blamed dangerous working practices for his death.