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41 Indians Lost Lives in the Southern Kuwait Fire, 50 Injured

A devastating fire occurred in a building in South Kuwait which engulfed around 41 Indian nationals. This incident occurred on Wednesday in which Indian workers housing lost their lives.

Officials said that the number of casualties would increase. The Al-Mangaf building caught fire in the morning. The building is a residence for workers. 

Authorities in Al-Ahmadi governorate received the news of the incident around 4:30 am. 

Reportedly, the majority of the deaths occurred due to inhaling smoke. The Kuwaiti media said that when the incident occurred, residents were asleep. 

The building was rented to over 195 workers by a construction and engineering firm, NBTC group. The majority of the Indian workers were from the southern states, Tamil Nadu and Kerela. 

People who died were between 20–50 years old. 

 Close Monitoring 

PM Modi announced that the Indian Embassy in Kuwait is monitoring the matter closely. The affected are provided with the required care and treatment. 

He went to X and wrote, “The fire mishap in Kuwait City is saddening. My thoughts are with all those who have lost their near and dear ones. I pray that the injured recover at the earliest.”

In another post, the external affairs minister, S Jaishankar wrote, “Deeply shocked by the news of the fire incident in Kuwait… There are reportedly over 40 deaths and over 50 have been hospitalized.”

People associated with the situation confirmed that more than 50 individuals sustained injuries. However, 41 Indian workers have died. 

Adarsh Swaika, the Indian ambassador to Kuwait, visited three hospitals by himself to assure the full support of Indian authorities. 

11 injured people were sent to Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital, and 6 others were sent to Farwaniya Hospital. Reportedly, more than 30 injured persons were sent to Al-Adan Hospital. The majority of the people are in stable condition. 

Kuwait’s Actions 

According to the ET, Sheikh Fahad Al-Yousuf Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s interior minister, asked the police to arrest the cleaner and owner of the Al-Mangaf building along with the “owner of the company responsible for the workers living in the building.”

Al-Sabah said to the Kuwait Times, “What happened today is a result of the greed of companies and building owners.” 

In the wake of this, Al-Sabah also ordered the public authority for the workforce and the Kuwait municipality to take the required actions to address similar violations and ensure safety.

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