Tuesday 17 October 2017

Contractors face travel ban as Qatar probes rain damage

A motorist drives a car in a flooded street in the Qatari capital Doha following heavy rainfall
A motorist drives a car in a flooded street in the Qatari capital Doha following heavy rainfall

Qatar has banned contractors from leaving the country as it investigates how heavy rain damaged buildings and roads.

An article published by the Qatar News Agency announced the travel ban, saying "owners of companies, contractors and consulting engineers" will be banned from going abroad until the end of the probe.

A year's worth of rain on Wednesday deluged Doha's Hamad International Airport, the home of Qatar Airways, pouring through at least one part of the roof.

The airport cost almost £10 billion to build.

Rainwater also flooded streets and shut down some shops in Doha.

Qatar has seen a recent boom in construction, some derided as shoddy, ahead of hosting the 2022 World Cup.

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