Qatar has opened an investigation into companies responsible for preparing the country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after heavy rains this week revealed construction flaws in a $15 billion airport, the Associated Press reports.
The Hamad International Airport, which was opened in 2014 after a five-year delay, is part of the multibillion-dollar building project in preparation for the World Cup. Water poured through the roof of the airport in several locations when a sudden deluge dumped at least 3.13 inches of rain on the building. According to the Qatar Meteorology Department, the country usually receives only 1.97 inches of rain per year.
The revelation of the poor construction led Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani to launch an investigation into five unnamed companies.
“Parties responsible for dereliction or negligence, whether governmental or private, will be held accountable,” the state-run Qatar News Agency said, citing a Wednesday statement from Qatar’s Government Communication Office.
Qatar has come under fire for reports of its maltreatment of migrant workers assisting in the World Cup building projects, which have also been criticized for being poorly constructed.
- Erin Flynn