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Kuwait Hearth Incident: Indians amongst 41 killed in condo fire- experiences

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A Kuwaiti police officer is seen in entrance of a burnt constructing following a lethal fireplace, in Mangaf, southern Kuwait on June 12, 2024.
| Photo Credit: Reuters

Several Indians had been feared to be amongst 41 individuals killed on June 12 in a significant fireplace at a constructing in Kuwait housing employees, in line with experiences emanating from the Gulf nation.

The fireplace began in a kitchen within the six-storey constructing in Mangaf space in Kuwait’s southern Ahmadi Governorate within the early hours of Wednesday, officers stated.

The constructing reportedly had practically 160 individuals dwelling in it, who’re employees of the identical firm.

Many employees staying there have been reportedly Indians.

“In connection with the tragic fire-accident involving Indian workers today, Embassy has put in place an emergency helpline number: +965-65505246. All concerned are requested to connect over this helpline for updates. Embassy remains committed to render all possible assistance,” the Indian Embassy in Kuwait stated in a put up on X.

Indians represent 21% (1 million) of the entire inhabitants of Kuwait and 30% of its workforce (roughly 9 lakhs).

“Deeply shocked by the news of the fire incident in Kuwait City. There are reportedly over 40 deaths and over 50 have been hospitalised. Our Ambassador has gone to the camp. We are awaiting further information,” External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar stated in a put up on X.

“Deepest condolences to the families of those who tragically lost their lives. Wish early and full recovery to those who have been injured. Our Embassy will render the fullest assistance to all concerned in this regard,” he added.

Kuwait’s Interior Minister Sheikh Fahad Al-Yousuf Al-Sabah ordered police to apprehend the proprietor of the Mangaf constructing the place the deadly blaze occurred Wednesday, the constructing’s janitor, in addition to the proprietor of the corporate liable for the employees pending the tip of the legal proof personnel’s examination of the scene, the Kuwait Times reported.

Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and acting Interior Minister, Fahad Yusuf Al-Sabah speaks with police officers in front of a burnt building, following a deadly fire, in Mangaf, southern Kuwait on June 12, 2024.

Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and appearing Interior Minister, Fahad Yusuf Al-Sabah speaks with law enforcement officials in entrance of a burnt constructing, following a lethal fireplace, in Mangaf, southern Kuwait on June 12, 2024.
| Photo Credit:
Reuters

“What happened today is a result of the greed of the company and building owners,” the Minister stated in a press release as he visited the hearth scene.

He stated that he gave orders to Kuwait Municipality and the Public Authority for Manpower to launch speedy motion to handle comparable violations the place massive numbers of employees are crammed into one residential constructing, and make it possible for all security necessities are in place so as to stop comparable incidents sooner or later.

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