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Kuwait fireplace: MoS Kirti Vardhan Singh reaches Kuwait to make sure early repatriation of mortal stays of Mangaf fireplace victims

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Union Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh meets with an Indian who was injured within the Mangaf fireplace incident, at Jaber Hospital, in Kuwait on June 13, 2024.
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Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh on June 13 reached Kuwait to supervise the help to these injured in a large fireplace at an condo housing international employees and for the early repatriation of the our bodies of about 40 Indians killed within the tragic incident.

At least 49 international employees had been killed and 50 others injured within the fireplace on June 12 on the seven-storey constructing housing 195 migrant employees within the southern metropolis of Mangaf.

“On the directions of Hon’ble Prime Minister @narendramodi, MoS@KVSinghMPGonda arrives in Kuwait to oversee assistance to those injured in fire tragedy & coordinate with local authorities for early repatriation of mortal remains of those who have died in this unfortunate incident,” the Embassy of India in Kuwait posted on X.


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Kuwaiti authorities are conducting DNA checks on the our bodies of these killed within the devastating fireplace incident in southern Kuwait’s Mangaf space and an IAF plane is on standby to carry again the mortal stays of Indians killed within the incident, officers mentioned in New Delhi on June 13.

“In an unfortunate and tragic fire incident earlier today in a Labour housing facility in the Mangaf area of Kuwait, around 40 Indians are understood to have died and over 50 injured,” the Ministry of External Affairs mentioned in an announcement late on June 12 evening.

Prime Minister Modi, who described the incident as “saddening”, reviewed the scenario at a gathering with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, NSA Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra and Principal Secretary to PM P.Ok. Mishra amongst others.

Following the assembly, the Prime Minister introduced ex-gratia aid of ₹2 lakh to the households of the deceased Indian nationals from the PM Relief Fund and directed that the federal government ought to lengthen all doable help.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh reaches the Jaber Hospital to meet the Indians injured in the Mangaf fire incident, in Kuwait on June 13, 2024.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh reaches the Jaber Hospital to fulfill the Indians injured within the Mangaf fireplace incident, in Kuwait on June 13, 2024.
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ANI

The External Affairs Minister spoke to his Kuwaiti counterpart Abdullah Ali Al-Yahya on the telephone and urged him for the early repatriation of the mortal stays of these 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,” Mr. Jaishankar mentioned on ‘X’.

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

The officers had mentioned a lot of the Indian victims had been from Kerala.

Smoke billows after a fire broke out in a building, in Mangaf, Kuwait on June 12, 2024.

Smoke billows after a fireplace broke out in a constructing, in Mangaf, Kuwait on June 12, 2024.
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PTI

The fireplace erupted simply after 4:00 am when the vast majority of the 196 all-men residents of the constructing had been asleep. It resulted in large thick clouds of black smoke that led to the suffocation of a lot of the victims, based on officers from the Interior Ministry and the fireplace division.

India’s mission in Kuwait is ascertaining the complete particulars from the involved Kuwaiti authorities over the incident.

Those injured are presently admitted to 5 authorities hospitals (Adan, Jaber, Farwaniya, Mubarak Al Kabeer and Jahra hospitals) in Kuwait and receiving correct medical care and a focus. According to hospital authorities, a lot of the admitted sufferers are secure.

Following the incident, the Ambassador of India in Kuwait, Adarsh Swaika, instantly visited the placement of the incident and in addition the hospitals to determine the welfare of the Indian nationals.

Kuwaiti police officers are seen in front of a burnt building following a deadly fire, in Mangaf, southern Kuwait on June 12, 2024.

Kuwaiti cops are seen in entrance of a burnt constructing following a lethal fireplace, in Mangaf, southern Kuwait on June 12, 2024.
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Reuters

The Embassy continues to coordinate with native authorities to help Indian nationals who’ve been injured on this unlucky incident and lengthen all doable assist. The Embassy is receiving full cooperation from the Kuwaiti authorities.

Deputy Premier, Defence and Interior Minister Sheikh Fahad Al-Yousef Al-Sabah ordered the arrest of the Kuwaiti landlord of the constructing and the Egyptian guard of the constructing and warned officers to not launch them with out his permission.

The Minister advised reporters that the fireplace was a disaster, including that from June 13, groups from the municipality will start inspecting all buildings and have the authority to take away any violation with none warning.

He mentioned authorities would additionally begin from June 13 to review the difficulty of overcrowding of expat employees in buildings and the failure to adjust to security situations.

Ambassador of India to Kuwait Adarsh Swaika visits a hospital where workers who suffered injuries in a fire that broke out in a building have been admitted, in Mangaf, Kuwait on June 12, 2024.

Ambassador of India to Kuwait Adarsh Swaika visits a hospital the place employees who suffered accidents in a fireplace that broke out in a constructing have been admitted, in Mangaf, Kuwait on June 12, 2024.
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PTI

The public prosecution has began an investigation into the fireplace to uncover the circumstances behind the incident and what might need triggered the lethal inferno, it mentioned on X, praising the state-wide response to the catastrophe.

There has been no official phrase on how the blaze began or what brought on it. Some native media reported that it might be a fuel leak from the constructing’s floor ground.

Head of investigations at Kuwait Fire Department Col Sayed Al-Mousawi mentioned that the staff investigating the causes of the fireplace discovered that an inflammable materials was used as partitions between flats and in addition between rooms, which brought on the massive black clouds of smoke. He mentioned that lots of the victims suffocated whereas making an attempt to run down the steps as a result of they had been crammed with smoke, including that the victims couldn’t go to the rooftop as a result of the door was locked.

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