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Deadly Fire in Kuwait Building Kills 49, Many Victims Were Indians

A fire in a six-story building in Kuwait killed 49 people and injured over 50 others. Many of the victims were Indian nationals, confirmed by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a letter to India's External Affairs Ministry.

By: Rekha Joshi  Pardaphash Group
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Deadly Fire in Kuwait Building Kills 49, Many Victims Were Indians

A fire in a six-story building in Kuwait killed 49 people and injured over 50 others. Many of the victims were Indian nationals, confirmed by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a letter to India’s External Affairs Ministry.

The fire broke out early morning in a building housing foreign workers. 49 people died, including over 40 Indians. Most deaths were due to smoke inhalation during sleep. Over 50 people were injured and many were evacuated.

India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, spoke with his Kuwaiti counterpart, Abdullah Ali Al-Yahya, about the incident and the response from Kuwaiti authorities. The Indian government is arranging the repatriation of the deceased and helping the injured.

Recent Developments on the Fire
Victim Information: Most of the victims were Indian nationals between 20 and 50 years old.

Possible Cause: Officials suggest the fire might be due to building code violations.

Government Action
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting and announced Rs 2 lakh for the families of deceased Indians.

Minister of State for External Affairs, Kirti Vardhan Singh, is traveling to Kuwait to assist injured Indians and ensure quick repatriation of the deceased.

Kuwaiti Government’s Actions
Investigation: Emir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah ordered an investigation and promised accountability. The Emir expressed deep sympathy to the victims’ families and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Indian Embassy’s Response
Emergency Action: Indian Ambassador Adarsh Swaika visited the fire site and hospitals, offering full assistance.

Health Update: Most injured Indian workers are stable, according to hospital authorities.

Fire Incident Details

Timing: The fire started before 6 am local time.

Building Details: The building, rented by NBTC group, housed 195 workers.

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