10 Bangladeshis Killed, More 10 Injured In Saudi Road Crash

At least 10 Bangladeshi migrant workers were killed and more 10 workers were injured in a road crash at Jizan province of Saudi Arabia on Saturday, according to Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate General Office in Jeddah.

The officials from Bangladesh missions so far conformed the names of only seven workers with their Iqama numbers. The deceased were identified as Matu Rahman, Mir Abu Miah, Jasim Uddin, Shafiqul Shikder, Mohammad Dulal, Deen Miah and Amin Miah.

According to message received from the Consulate General Office in Jeddah, a group of 20 Bangladeshi workers were reportedly travelling by a truck from their residence to the working place at around 7 AM on January 6.

On the way a vehicle from behind hit the truck and a result, the truck driver lost control causing serious accident reportedly claiming eight lives on the spot and another two in hospital, the letter said.

The accident took place in the Western province of Jizan about 800 kilometers from Jeddah and nearby Yemen border, a war-ravaged area, the letter said.  

Aminul Islam, labour counsellor, Bangladesh Consulate General Office in Jeddah told this correspondent that as they could not provide detailed names of the deceased at this moment as the officials were working seriously to the spot.

Wage Earners Welfare Board officials however said that they kept communications with Bangladesh mission in Jeddah to receive the updated information.

WEWB assistant director Zahid Anwar said that the dead bodies would be brought back home after completion of legal process in the destinations by the labour wing officials concerned.


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