Kuwaiti authorities identify bodies of 45 Indians and three Philippine nationals

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Dubai/Kuwait City/New Delhi. Kuwaiti authorities have identified the bodies of 45 Indians and three Philippine nationals killed in a fire at a building housing foreign workers, a top official said on Thursday. At least 49 foreign workers were killed and 50 others injured in a fire that broke out in a seven-storey building housing 196 migrant workers in the southern city of Mangaf on Wednesday.

According to the news of English daily newspaper ‘Arab Times’, First Deputy Prime Minister, Home Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Fahad Al-Yousuf Al-Sabah said that the authorities have identified 48 bodies, including 45 Indians and three Filipino citizens. The First Deputy Prime Minister said that efforts are still on to identify the remaining one body. Kuwaiti officials are conducting DNA tests of the bodies of those killed in the devastating fire incident in Mangaf area of ​​​​southern Kuwait and an Indian Air Force plane has been kept ready to bring back the bodies of Indians killed in the incident. Officials gave this information in New Delhi on Thursday.

Kuwait fire accident: Indian Air Force plane ready to bring back bodies of Indians

Kuwaiti authorities are conducting DNA tests on the bodies of over 40 Indians killed in a massive fire in a building in the Mangaf area and an Indian Air Force aircraft has been kept ready to bring back the bodies, officials said on Thursday. Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh has reached Kuwait to oversee assistance to Indians injured in the fire and ensure speedy repatriation of the bodies of those killed. Officials said a total of 49 people were killed in the fire at the Al-Mangaf building and 42 of them are believed to be Indians.

Hours after arriving in Kuwait, Singh met Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Abdullah Ali Al-Ya’a. The Indian Embassy in Kuwait said that Al-Ya’a assured full assistance, including medical care, prompt repatriation of bodies and investigation of the incident.

The embassy wrote on ‘X’, “Foreign Minister Ya’a expressed condolences over the tragic incident. He assured full assistance, including medical care, prompt repatriation of the bodies and investigation of the incident.” The embassy said, “The Minister of State appreciated the cooperation being extended by all the concerned authorities in Kuwait.” Al-Ya’a on Thursday assured full assistance to the Indians affected by the massive fire in an apartment housing foreign workers and expressed commitment to a speedy investigation of the tragedy. Singh also visited Mubarak Al Kabir Hospital where seven injured Indians are admitted.

Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs had issued a statement on Wednesday night saying, “About 40 of the people killed in an unfortunate and tragic incident of fire in a residential building in Mangaf area of ​​Kuwait in the early hours of today (Wednesday) are believed to be Indians.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the incident as ‘tragic’ and reviewed the situation by holding a meeting with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra and Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary PK Mishra among others.

After the meeting, Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased Indians from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and directed that the government provide all possible assistance. The Foreign Minister spoke to his Kuwaiti counterpart Al-Ya’a over the phone and requested him to send the bodies of the Indians who lost their lives due to the fire to India at the earliest.

Jaishankar posted on ‘X’, “(I) spoke to Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Abdullah Ali Al-Ya’a regarding the fire incident in Kuwait. (I) was informed about the efforts made by the Kuwaiti authorities in this regard. (I) was assured that the incident will be thoroughly investigated and responsibility will be fixed.” He said, “Urged to send the bodies of those who lost their lives in the accident to their country as soon as possible.”

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