Kuwait Building Fire: 41 Indians Killed, Many Injured; Modi, Jaishankar React

A tragic incident has occurred in Kuwait. Today at 4:30 PM in Kuwait’s Mangaf Block at Ahmadi Governorate a building caught on fire. As per the official reports the current death toll is 41 people. As per the reports provided by the Kuwaiti officials Ten Indians were killed in this fire including the 5 Malyalis. The prime minister of Kuwait Fahad Yusuf Al-Sabah visited the incident place and oversaw all the relief operations. He also said that there will be strict police enquiry in this matter and the owner of the building will be facing strict actions from the Government.

PM Modi expressed condolences

PM Narendra Modi said of the incident, “The fire incident in Kuwait city is tragic. My condolences are with all those who have lost their loved ones. I pray that the injured recover as soon as possible. The Indian Embassy in Kuwait is closely monitoring the situation and working with the authorities there to assist the affected.”

 

SJaishankar expressed condolences

“Deeply shocked to learn of the fire in Kuwait city. Reportedly over 40 people have died and over 50 are hospitalised. Our Ambassador has visited the site. We await further information,” Jaishankar posted on Twitter. He further said, “Deep condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. I wish the injured a speedy and complete recovery. Our embassy will provide full assistance to all people in this regard.”

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Indian Embassy issued helpline

The Indian Embassy in Kuwait has also issued an emergency helpline number regarding the tragedy. It has been confirmed that Indian labourers were among those killed. It said, “All concerned are requested to connect with the helpline for updates. The Embassy is committed to provide all possible assistance.” Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Health Ministry also issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon. It said, “The Ministry of Health has taken 43 people to the hospital after a fire broke out in a building in Mangaf, out of which 4 were found dead.”

How did the building catch fire?

The fire started in the kitchen on the ground floor at 4:30 am (local time) and quickly spread throughout the residential apartment. Kuwaiti officials said that they are investigating what caused the fire in this building. Survivors of this accident have claimed that the fire spread suddenly and engulfed the entire building in a very short time. Since it was morning time, everyone was asleep. Due to the large number of people living in the building, they did not get a chance to escape from the fire. Many people died due to suffocation from the smoke generated by the fire. Many times more workers were living in this building than its capacity.

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