Six construction workers have been reported dead on a water project site in Oman following heavy rainfall.

The Public Authority for Civil Defense and Ambulance (PACDA) on Tuesday confirmed that rescue teams recovered the bodies of the workers which was buried in an excavation site for a water pipeline project in the city of Seeb.

Authorities say that it took rescue workers 12 hours to recover the bodies.

The statement revealed that the workers got trapped while laying down pipes in the underground site.

It further stated that the rescue workers first had to pump out water from the site which was 295 metres (968 feet) long and 14 metres (46 feet) deep before carrying out the rescue operation.

Following the incident, the General Federation of Oman Trade Unions has requested a thorough investigation into the incident.

The PACDA also seized the opportunity to admonish companies supervising construction projects to offer more protection to its workers by upholding safety regulations in all they do.

In the same vein, the Indian embassy in Oman disclosed that the victims were Indian citizens.

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