Thursday, June 2, 2011

Burj Khalifa tower

An Emirati sits near the Burj Khalifa tower in downtown Dubai, June 1, 2011. Indian labourer Athiraman Kannan kept to his routine in the hours before he jumped off the world's tallest building. Three weeks ago, he arrived at Dubai's Burj Khalifa at 7 a.m., clocked in and headed to where he was working on the upper reaches of the 163-storey tower. About an hour later, the 38-year-old father of one flung himself off the Burj Khalifa's 147th floor, dying instantly when he hit the 108th floor. Kannan's leap off the Burj Khalifa was the 26th known suicide by an Indian worker in the country in 2011.Last year, 113 Indians committed suicide, roughly one every three days. Picture taken May 10, 2011.

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