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In pictures: At least 40 Indians killed in Kuwait fire, India rushes help

The fatalities in the fire in the apartment block include at least 24 from Kerala, five from Tamil Nadu

Our Web Desk, PTI Published 13.06.24, 01:58 PM
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Smoke billows after a fire broke out in a building, in Mangaf, Kuwait, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. At least 40 Indians were among the 49 people who died in a devastating fire that broke out in a building housing around 195 migrant workers in southern Kuwait's Mangaf area on Wednesday, PTI reported on Thursday. The number of people from Kerala who died in the tragedy has risen to 24, while seven seriously injured persons from the southern state are being treated in hospitals in the Gulf country, the news agency reported. 

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The burnt building where a fire broke out killing at least 41 people, in Mangaf, Kuwait, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. The Kerala government on Thursday said it will provide Rs 5 lakh financial assistance to the families of the people from the state who died in the Kuwait fire tragedy, and Rs 1 lakh financial assistance to those injured. Two businessmen from Kerala, MA Yusuff Ali and Ravi Pillai, have informed the CM that they will provide Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh, respectively, to each of the families of the Keralites who died in the fire. The statement also said prominent businessmen M A Yusuff Ali and Ravi Pillai have informed chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan that they will provide Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh, respectively, to each of the families of the Keralites who died in the fire.Hence, families of each of those from Kerala who died in the incident will get Rs 12 lakh.

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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, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Kerala is also sending state health minister Veena George to Kuwait to coordinate efforts to provide treatment to those injured and bring back the bodies of those who died.

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Rescuers arrive at the site of a building that caught fire in Kuwait, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Kuwait's Interior Minister, Sheikh Fahad Al-Yousuf Al-Sabah, has ordered an investigation into the incident and directed the apprehension of the building's owner and janitor. Five Tamils were also among the dead, PTI quoted Gingee KS Masthan, Tamil Nadu minister for minorities and non-resident Tamils welfare, as having said. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a review meeting on a fire incident in Kuwait, in New Delhi, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. The other fatalities and injured included nationals from Pakistan, the Philippines, Egypt, and Nepal. The tragedy, which has left over 50 injured, has shocked both Kuwait and India. 

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Minister of state for external affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh on Thursday reached Kuwait to oversee the assistance to those injured and for the early repatriation of the bodies of those killed.

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