The Weekend Leader - Massive Fire in Kuwait's Mangaf Area Results in Over 40 Fatalities Including Indians

Massive Fire in Kuwait's Mangaf Area Results in Over 40 Fatalities Including Indians

New Delhi


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Several Indians might be among the 41 victims of a tragic fire in Kuwait in the Mangaf area of southern Ahmadi Governorate during the early hours of Wednesday.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has expressed deep shock over the incident. "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," Jaishankar posted 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.

The Indian Embassy in Kuwait has also put out an emergency helpline number in connection with the tragedy, confirming that it involved Indian workers.

"All concerned are requested to connect over this helpline for updates. The Embassy remains committed to render all possible assistance," it said.

Meanwhile, Kuwait's Ministry of Health also released a statement Wednesday afternoon.

"The Ministry of Health has so far dealt with 43 cases through the accident departments in a number of hospitals, in a building fire incident in Mangaf, of which 4 cases arrived dead," it said.

According to reports, Sheikh Fahd Al-Yousef, the First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, and Minister of Defense, has taken swift action by detaining individuals linked to the affected property and labor company.

He has reportedly stressed that these individuals should not be released without his approval. During his visit to the fire site, it was revealed that 196 people were living in the building. - IANS with inputs from TWL Bureau

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