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Bahrain in crackdown on 'dangerous buildings'

Over 100 illegal extensions to low-income housing have been demolished - report

Bahrain in crackdown on 'dangerous buildings'
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Over 100 building extensions in Bahrain have been torn down as part of a clampdown by authorities on dangerous or illegal buildings, it has been reported.

A total of 135 buildings in the Manama area will be impacted by the move, with authorities looking to improve facilities for low-income workers in the kingdom, according to a report by Gulf Daily News.

The move by Manama Municipality followed a series of inspections by staff and focused on buildings which had been turned into labour camps or low-income housing and included extensions illegally built without permission.

Around 363 cases were highlighted by authorities, with 276 approved for demolition. So far, 103 demolitions have been completed.

The move comes after the death of 13 Bangladeshi workers in a fire on January 15, while inspectors found one case where 135 low-income workers living in a single three-storey building, the report added.

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