Construction site flooding leaves six Indian workers dead in Oman's Seeb

Pacda says the workers were buried in mud and water while working on a 14m-deep and 295m-long pipeline

Indian Embassy in Oman said the workers were of Indian origin.
Indian Embassy in Oman said the workers were of Indian origin.

In an incident at one of the construction sites in Oman’s Seeb, six Indian workers have reportedly lost their lives, after the excavation site where they were carrying out pipeline work was flooded following heavy rains that hit the Sultanate earlier this week.

In a statement on its website, Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (Pacda) said that rescue teams at the Civil Defence and Ambulance Department in Muscat had recovered bodies of six workers, who were buried at the site.

Pacda revealed that the six workers who were trapped in mud and water were working on a section of a pipe that was 14 metres below the ground and 295 metres-long. According to Pacda, the water pipeline was being implemented by a tunnel company in Seeb.

The authority said that following “painstaking efforts”, which lasted for nearly 12 hours, the rescue teams were able to pull the bodies from the pipe.

Following the incident, Pacda urged companies to comply with safety rules to protect workers from hazardous risks.

Commenting on the incident, Indian Embassy in Oman took to Twitter and said: “We are deeply saddened to learn about the incident involving death of six workers, who are believed to be Indian nationals, in Seeb area of Muscat, Oman, following the heavy rains on November 10.”

The embassy added: “The Embassy is in close contact with the Omani authorities to ascertain the full facts of the incident and confirm the identity of the victims. We express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and stand ready to extend all possible support.”

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