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2 Oct 2019

Annie Kelly, Niamh Macintyre & Pete Pattison, The Guardian (UK)

Revealed: hundreds of migrant workers dying from heat stress in Qatar each year

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Migrant labourers are being worked to death in searing temperatures in Qatar, with hundreds estimated to be dying from heat stress every year...

hundreds of thousands of migrant workers [toil] in temperatures of up to 45C for up to 10 hours a day as Qatar’s construction boom hit its peak ahead of the Fifa World Cup 2022...

Recent research... concluded that the deaths were likely to be caused by heatstroke...

“As global temperatures rise because of the climate crisis, the health risk posed by heat stress will have devastating health consequences for millions, yet is still not being seen as the emergency that it is,” says Professor Tord Kjellstrom [UN environmental and occupational health].