Seven Indian workers feared killed in Dubai mishap

By Aroonim Bhuyan, IANS

Dubai : At least seven construction workers, feared to be all Indians, were killed and 24 others injured when a bridge under construction in the Dubai Marina area here collapsed Thursday evening.

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The incident occurred when a crane hit the bridge under construction near the Dubai Marina seafront locality, marked by highrise residential and commercial buildings.

“Seven workers died in the incident,” an official of the Indian mission here told IANS Thursday night.

“Twentyfour others were injured and admitted to the Rashid Hospital.”

Asked if all the deceased were Indians, he said, “The hospital is yet to confirm the nationalities of all those deceased.”

According to local television reports, around 40 Indian workers were on the bridge when the incident occurred.

The Indian mission official said, the contracting company, which employed the workers, has promised compensation to the next of kin of all those who have died.

“It’s a respectable local company and it has promised compensation to the families of all those deceased,” he said.

“Engineers are at the site and are inspecting the situation,” the Al Jazeera television network quoted Jamal al-Marri, deputy police chief, as saying.