Bahrain: Workers suffer electricity & water cuts at accommodation as landlords flout Covid-19 regulations

In June 2020, as part of a country-wide response to contain the spread of COVID-19 among workers housed in labour camps, the local authority in Muharraq, Bahrain decided that water and electricity supplies would be cut. The measure was intended to force landlords who had not complied with health and safety regulations to move workers to ensure social distancing was possible.

Two weeks later the decision was criticised by a local politician who pointed out that workers living in already-crowded accommodation would move into neighbouring housing, exacerbating the issue.

MPs have otherwise called for labour accommodation inspections to increase and report that they have already relocated hundreds of people.

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18 June 2020

Move to cut power at unfit labour camps raises fears

Author: Ghazi Alshehabi, GDN Online (Bahrain)

Fears have been raised that moves to cut water and electricity from unfit labour accommodation may backfire because it will simply transfer the problem from one area to another... 

The chairman of the Hidd constituency, Abdulaziz Al Kaabi... [said] “There is one mistake here... when you cut off the power from the labourer’s home, where is he going to go? He’s going to go to his friend’s accommodation...

“They will go from overcrowding one area to overcrowding another and there’s no way to track them. We don’t even know how many there are.

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2 June 2020

Services clamp on rogue labour accommodations

Author: Ghazi Alshehabi, GDN Online (Bahrain)

Water and electricity supply will be cut to labour accommodations in Muharraq that do not comply with Covid-19 regulations, it has been announced...

council chairman Ghazi Al Murbati, said this was the only way to get labour camps to adhere to preventive guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus...

regulations had been ignored by the landlords who had not taken the matter seriously...

the Capital Governorate has already started to cut electricity from labour camps that violate the law and has seen a 48 per cent reduction in the number of residents in overcrowded accommodation.

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