Kuwait Fire: 'Some Of The Dead Charred Beyond Recognition, Air Force Plane To Bring Back Bodies, 'Says MoS MEA - 10 Updates

The MEA has set up helpline numbers to provide regular updates to the family members. "Our Embassy in Kuwait continues to remain in touch with local authorities to provide relief to those affected. The Embassy has established a helpline +965-65505246 (WhatsApp and regular call) for family members to get in touch. Regular updates are being provided through the helpline," it said.
Kuwait fire tragedy

Kuwait's Interior Ministry in a statement confirmed that the death toll reached 49.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a review meeting late on Wednesday after around 42 Indians were killed in a devastating fire in Kuwait and announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh to the families of the dead from the Prime Minister Relief Fund. The total number of people killed in the Al-Mangaf building is 49 and 42 of them are learnt to be Indians; the remaining ones are Pakistani, Filipino, Egyptian and Nepali nationals, officials said. Some of the bodies have been charred beyond recognition. Nineteen of the deceased are from Kerala, a state known to have a large number of expatriates in the Middle East.
MoS MEA Kirti Vardhan Singh is travelling to Kuwait to assess the situation. "DNA testing is being carried out to identify the bodies. This might take some time to bring the mortal remains to India. The Air Force plane is on the go. As soon as the bodies are identified, they would be brought to India," he said at Delhi airport this morning.
Here are the top developments in this big story:
  1. PM Modi, who described the incident as "saddening", extended condolences to the families of the deceased. He further directed that the Government of India should extend all possible assistance.
  2. In a post on X, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that he has been assured by his Kuwaiti counterpart that the incident would be fully investigated. The Foreign Minister also said that he urged him for the early repatriation of the mortal remains of those killed and for requisite medical attention for the injured.
  3. The MEA has set up helpline numbers to provide regular updates to the family members. "Our Embassy in Kuwait continues to remain in touch with local authorities to provide relief to those affected. The Embassy has established a helpline +965-65505246 (WhatsApp and regular call) for family members to get in touch. Regular updates are being provided through the helpline," it said.
  4. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor requested the government of Kuwait to take very stern action against those responsible and also to provide compensation to the families of the deceased. "It's a reminder, sadly, of how much our migrant workers suffer when they go abroad hoping to make something to support their families at home and they end up in these kinds of terrible conditions," he was quoted as saying by ANI.
  5. Ninteen Keralities have died in the accident. Official numbers was received after the emergency cabinet meeting that was held in the state. The state government will provide financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the family members of the deceased. Health Minister Veena George is also expected to visit Kuwait to coordinate activities such as treatment of injured Malayalees and repatriation of mortal remains.
  6. Of the Keralites, who died in the tragedy was Shameer, who went to the Gulf state five years ago. "Two years ago, he came back and got married. He was working as a heavy vehicle driver in Kuwait. Shameer's wife and mother have not been told about his death; they have been told that he is in the ICU," Shameer's relative Safedu told ANI.
  7. The fire in Al-Mangaf building started in kitchen and spread to the other sections of the building. The incident was reported to authorities at 4.30 am. Most of the deaths were due to smoke inhalation, according to Kuwaiti media.
  8. The building was rented to construction firm NBTC group for the stay of more than 195 workers, most of them Indians from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and northern states, the Kuwaiti media said.
  9. Kuwait's Interior Ministry in a statement confirmed that the death toll reached 49.
  10. Kuwait's Interior Ministry said criminal evidence department personnel are currently working on identifying the victims and revealing the cause of the fire. It said strict measures will be taken against building owners who violate laid down norms.
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