Two hundred Asian laborers working for a Qatar mega project have been left without water, food and electricity for more than a week, a group of expatriate volunteers said here yesterday.
Some workers are in poor health, the volunteers added.
Since last Wednesday the workers, comprising 195 Nepalese and 5 Bangladeshis, are relying on the generosity of expatriate residents to survive.
None of the local authorities, labor department officials, diplomats at the Nepali embassy or human rights officials has intervened or looked into the issue, the volunteers claimed.
"The workers are living in pitiful conditions. They have no water, food or electricity. Some are in very critical conditions and need medical care," a volunteer who asked not to be named, told Gulf News yesterday.
"Many of them also claim they have not been paid salaries for five or six months, and now they have been left even without the basic supplies to survive."
The volunteers said a group of Asian and Western residents heard of the workers' plight and visited them during the past week and bought them water, food and medicines.
"It is a shame that no one is intervening to help these people," said a volunteer.
The ministry of labor, human rights organizations and missions could not be contacted yesterday, as all government offices and missions are closed due to Eid holidays.
The plight of Asian workers - ill treated and denied basic rights by their local employers - is a constant feature of Qatar's labor market and stories of neglect and abuse are regular in local dailies.
With 150,000 members, the Nepalese community is the second largest expatriate group in Qatar after Indians. Nepalese laborers are employed mainly in the construction and energy sector for wages as little as 500 Qatari riyal per month.