40 Indians among 49 people killed in Kuwait after building catches fire

The building reportedly houses workers from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and a few employees of NBTC supermarket in the vicinity.
Building that caught fire on Wednesday morning
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At least 49 people, of which at least 40 are Indian nationals, died after a fire broke out in a building housing workers in Kuwait’s Mangaf city on Wednesday, June 12. A statement from the External Affairs Ministry said that over 50 have been injured, and are presently admitted to five government hospitals in Kuwait. According to hospital authorities, most of the admitted patients are stable. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh to the families of the deceased Indians.

Kuwait’s Health Ministry earlier said at least 43 people have been transferred to hospitals for treatment and four have succumbed to injuries.

According to reports, at least 40 Indians have been killed in the fire. The building belongs to NBTC group, owned by Kerala businessman KG Abraham. It housed around 195 workers mostly from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and a few employees of NBTC supermarket in the vicinity. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Indian Embassy in Kuwait is closely monitoring the situation and working with the authorities there to assist the affected. “The fire mishap in Kuwait City is saddening. My thoughts are with all those who have lost their near and dear ones. I pray that the injured recover at the earliest,” he added.

External Affairs minister S Jaishankar said, "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."

The Indian Embassy in Kuwait has also put out an emergency helpline number +965-65505246, confirming that the tragedy 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.

(With inputs from IANS)

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