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40 Indians Killed In Kuwait Building Fire, PM Modi Holds High-Level Meet.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2024, a tragic fire broke out in a building in Kuwait’s Mangaf city, resulting in the deaths of 49 people, including 40 Indians. The incident occurred at 6 am local time (9 am IST) in a six-storey building that housed workers of the same company 

According to officials, the fire originated in the building’s kitchen and quickly spread throughout the structure. Eyewitnesses reported that some individuals jumped from the fifth floor in an attempt to escape the fire but tragically lost their lives 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the fire and offered prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. He assured that the Indian Embassy in Kuwait is closely monitoring the situation and working with local authorities to assist those affected. Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar stated that the Indian ambassador to Kuwait has visited the site of the incident and the Al-Adan hospital, where over 30 injured Indian workers are receiving treatment. The embassy has also issued a helpline number for those affected 

Junior Foreign Minister Kirti Vardhan Singh will be traveling to Kuwait to oversee assistance to the injured and coordinate with local authorities for the repatriation of the deceased 

Indians constitute a significant portion of Kuwait’s population, with 21% (approximately 1 million) of the total population and 30% of the workforce being Indian nationals. The building affected by the fire housed around 160 workers, many of whom were from India 

Kuwaiti authorities have contained the fire and are conducting an investigation to determine its cause. The Interior Minister of Kuwait has ordered the apprehension of the building owner, the building’s janitor, and the owner of the company responsible for the workers pending the conclusion of the investigation 

The Indian embassy in Kuwait has assured full assistance to the affected families and is working closely with local authorities to provide support and aid 

The fire in Kuwait’s Mangaf city resulted in the tragic loss of 49 lives, including 40 Indians. The Indian government, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, has expressed condolences and is actively involved in providing assistance to the affected individuals and their families. The Indian embassy in Kuwait is closely monitoring the situation and offering support to those affected. Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire, and Kuwaiti authorities are taking necessary actions to ensure accountability

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