Shocking: 40 Indians killed in Kuwait Fire AccidentNRI Top Stories

June 13, 2024 06:52
Shocking: 40 Indians killed in Kuwait Fire Accident

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Tragedy struck in Mangaf city, Kuwait, as a fire broke out in a building housing 195 Indian workers, claiming the lives of 40 individuals and injuring 50 more. The blaze, which started in the kitchen of the six-story structure, occurred at 6 AM local time (9 AM IST). Sadly, the majority of the casualties were caused by smoke inhalation while the residents slept. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has responded swiftly, holding a high-level review and announcing a compensation of ₹ 2 lakh for each of the families who lost a loved one. Additionally, the Minister of State, Shri Kirti Vardhan Singh, is immediately traveling to Kuwait to facilitate the repatriation of the deceased and provide medical assistance to the injured. The victims are currently receiving treatment in five government hospitals across Kuwait, as the nation grapples with this devastating incident.

The Kuwaiti authorities have assured the Indian government that they will thoroughly investigate the incident and hold those responsible accountable. The Indian embassy in Kuwait has established a helpline for family members to get in touch, and the Indian ambassador has visited the affected areas. The Emir of Kuwait has ordered an investigation, and the First Deputy Prime Minister has directed the arrest of the building's owner, janitor, and the owner of the company responsible for the workers, pending the completion of the investigation. The majority of the admitted patients are stable, and the Indian government is closely monitoring the situation and pushing for the early repatriation of the bodies of those who lost their lives.

The migrant workers who perished in the recent tragedy in Kuwait made up a significant portion of the country's population and workforce. Tragically, the victims included individuals from Pakistan, the Philippines, Egypt, and Nepal, in addition to Kuwaiti nationals. This devastating incident has highlighted the precarious situation faced by many migrant laborers in the region.

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