Gulf deaths: 4823 Indians reported dead this year, on average 15

Hyderabad: A recent data from External Affairs Ministry revealed on an average 15 Indian immigrants die in six Gulf countries — Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

As many as 4, 823 Indians have died this year, with 33,988 Indians reported dead since 2014.

A majority of deaths have been reported from Replying to a question from Saudi Arabia and UAE replied external affairs minister of state V Muraleedharan on a question posed by Congress MP and TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

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A large number of deaths have been reported from Telangana State said Telangana NRI wing official E Chitti Babu.

“We believe around 1,200 from Telangana may have died in the Gulf in the past five years.”

Adding further, the official said that 850 families have been recorded, below have availed the free ambulance service for shifting bodies of their kith and kin from Shamshabad airport to their villages and towns.

The MEA revealed 15,051 complaints from Gulf NRIs this year alone which were mostly about agents cheating on employment.

“Refusal to grant exit/re–entry permits for visit to India, to allow the workers to return to India on final exit visa after completion of their contracts and non-provision of medical and insurance facilities and not being paid compensation upon death are some of the other complaints,” he added.

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