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Kuwait fire news: Kuwait fire: IAF aircraft on standby to bring back mortal remains of Indians

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Kuwaiti authorities are conducting DNA tests on the bodies of over 40 Indians killed in the devastating fire in Mangaf area and an IAF aircraft is on standby to bring back the mortal remains, officials said on Thursday. Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh reached Kuwait to oversee assistance to Indians injured in the fire and to ensure early repatriation of mortal remains.

The total number of people killed in the fire incident in the southern Kuwait locality is 49 and 42 of them are learnt to be Indians, the officials said.

The IAF aircraft has been kept on stand-by to bring back the mortal remains, officials said.

Hours after arriving in Kuwait, Singh met the Gulf nation’s foreign minister Abdullah Ali Al-Yahya.

The Indian embassy in Kuwait said Al-Yahya assured of full support including for medical care, early repatriation of mortal remains and investigation into the incident.

“FM Yahya conveyed his condolences on the tragic incident. He assured full support including for medical care, early repatriation of mortal remains and investigation of the incident,” the mission said on X. “MoS conveyed his appreciation for the cooperation being extended by all concerned authorities of Kuwait,” it said. Singh also visited Mubarak Al Kabeer hospital where seven injured Indians are admitted.

“In an unfortunate and tragic fire incident earlier today in a Labour housing facility in Mangaf area of Kuwait, around 40 Indians are understood to have died and over 50 injured,” the Ministry of External Affairs had said in a statement late on Wednesday night.

Last night, Prime Minister Modi reviewed the situation at a meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, NSA Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra and Principal Secretary to PM PK Mishra among others.

Following the meeting, the prime minister announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh to the families of the deceased Indian nationals from the PM’s Relief Fund and directed that the government should extend all possible assistance.

Jaishankar spoke to his Kuwaiti counterpart Abdullah Ali Al-Yahya on phone and urged him for the early repatriation of the mortal remains of those killed.

“Spoke to Kuwaiti FM Abdullah Ali Al-Yahya on the fire tragedy in Kuwait. Apprised of the efforts made by Kuwaiti authorities in that regard. Was assured that the incident would be fully investigated and that responsibility will be fixed,” Jaishankar said on X on Wednesday night.

“Urged the early repatriation of the mortal remains of those who lost their lives. He emphasized that those injured were getting the requisite medical attention,” he said.

The officials had said most of the Indian victims are from Kerala.

The fire in Al-Mangaf building was reported to authorities in Al-Ahmadi governorate at 4.30 am on Wednesday and most of the deaths were due to smoke inhalation, Kuwaiti media reported, adding the fire started in a kitchen.

Construction firm NBTC group rented the building for the stay of more than 195 workers, most of them Indians from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and northern states, the Kuwaiti media said.

The NBTC group is partly owned by an Indian, officials said.

Interior Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Fahad Al-Yousuf Al-Sabah ordered an investigation into the fire incident and issued directions to apprehend the owner and janitor of Al-Mangaf building.



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