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Kuwait Building Fire Highlights: Minister KV Singh meets 6 Indians injured in firing incident – ‘All of them safe'

Kuwait Building Fire Highlights: Minister of State Kirti Vardhan Singh said the latest figures that “we had last night, the casualty figures are around 48-49 out of this 42 or 43 are believed to be Indians”. 

Kuwait Building Fire Live Updates: Minister of State Kirti Vardhan Singh meets Indians injured in the firing incident. (Indians in Kuwait)Premium
Kuwait Building Fire Live Updates: Minister of State Kirti Vardhan Singh meets Indians injured in the firing incident. (Indians in Kuwait)

Kuwait building fire: Minister of State Kirti Vardhan Singh meet six Indian who were injured in the firing incident. The Indian Embassy in Kuwait said all those injured were safe. KV Singh reached Kuwait on Thursday to take stock of the situation and “oversee early repatriation of mortal remains of those who have died and meet those injured in this unfortunate incident".

A massive fire killed at least 41 Indians in the city early Wednesday.  Of them , 19 are Keralites, news agency PTI said. KV Singh said on Thursday, "The incident in Kuwait is unfortunate. All of us, including the PM, are very concerned." He said bodies will be brought to India as soon as they are identified.

Singh added that the latest figures that “we had last night, the casualty figures are around 48-49 out of this 42 or 43 are believed to be Indians". A fire broke out in a building housing workers in the city of Mangaf in southern Kuwait early on Wednesday (June 12). Reportedly, 41 Indians, including 11 Keralites, lost their lives in the incident.

Kuwait, like other Persian Gulf countries, has a large community of migrant workers who far outnumber the local population. The nation of some 4.2 million people is slightly smaller than the U.S. state of New Jersey but has the world’s sixth-largest known oil reserves.

13 Jun 2024, 02:07:57 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: KV Singh to oversee early repatriation of mortal remains

KV Singh reached Kuwait on Thursday to take stock of the situation and “oversee early repatriation of mortal remains of those who have died and meet those injured in this unfortunate incident".

13 Jun 2024, 01:22:29 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Minister KV Singh meets 6 Indians injured in the firing incident – ‘All of them are safe’

MoS MEA Kirti Vardhan Singh arrived in Kuwait and met six injured Indians who have been admitted to Jaber hospital. The Indian Embassy in Kuwait said, "All of them are safe."

13 Jun 2024, 12:14:42 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Minister KV Singh reaches Kuwait

"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," posts Indian Embassy, Kuwait.

13 Jun 2024, 12:09:55 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: 19 Keralites dead, Kerala govt to provide ₹5 lakh financial assistance to their families

The Kerala government has decided to provide 5 lakh financial assistance to families of Keralites who died in the Kuwait fire incident. Kerala Health Minister Veena George will soon leave for Kuwait to coordinate treatment of injured and return of bodies of deceased, the state government said. As per information, 19 Keralites died in Kuwait fire tragedy.

13 Jun 2024, 11:21:28 AM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Two more Keralites identified among 40 Indians killed in fire incident

After around 40 Indians lost their lives in the Kuwait fire incident, two more deceased from Kerala have been identified in the tragic mishap. The deceased have been identified as Lucose (48) and Sajan George (29), both natives of Kollam city in Kerala, news agency ANI reported.

13 Jun 2024, 11:17:19 AM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Tamil Nadu CM expresses shock over Kuwait fire, death of Indians

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday expressed shock and grief over Kuwait fire accident and the death of 'over 40 Indians' and said he has directed state authorities to ascertain if Tamils were among those affected.

13 Jun 2024, 10:44:35 AM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Kerala govt convenes emergency Cabinet meeting

The Kerala government convened an emergency Cabinet meeting in view of Kuwait disaster. “An emergency cabinet meeting convened by the Kerala government is underway, starting at 10 AM this morning. The meeting will discuss the repatriation of bodies and whether any ministers need to go to Kuwait to coordinate relief efforts. The meeting is chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan," the Chief Minister's Office said on Thursday.

13 Jun 2024, 08:45:38 AM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Jaishankar speaks with counterpart

EAM Dr S Jaishankar tweeted, "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 would be fixed. Urged the early repatriation of the mortal remains of those who lost their lives. He emphasized that those injured were getting the requisite medical attention. We will review the situation after MoS Kirti Vardhan Singh reaches Kuwait tomorrow."

13 Jun 2024, 07:13:34 AM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Most victms burnt, some bodies charred beyond recognition, says MoS

Before leaving for Kuwait from Delhi Airport, MoS MEA Kirti Vardhan Singh said, “We had a meeting last evening with the PM... The situation will be cleared the moment we reach there... The situation is that the victims are mostly burn victims and some of the bodies have been charred beyond recognition. A DNA test is underway to identify the victims. An Air Force plane is on the ready. As soon as the bodies are identified, the kin will be informed and our airforce plane will bring the bodies back..."

13 Jun 2024, 06:26:59 AM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Casualty figures are around 48-49, says Union minister

MoS MEA Kirti Vardhan Singh said, "The latest figures that we had last night, the casualty figures are around 48-49 out of this 42 or 43 are believed to be Indians."

13 Jun 2024, 06:21:52 AM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: 'Mortal remains to be brought to India as soon as...'

He said on Thursday the incident in Kuwait is “unfortunate". He said, "All of us including the PM are very concerned. I am going there and see the situation. People from our embassy are already there on the ground looking after the injured... I am going there and I will inform the government regarding the conditions there... DNA testing is being carried out to identify the bodies. This might take some time to bring the mortal remains to India. The Air Force place is on the go. As soon as the bodies are identified, they would be brought to India..."

12 Jun 2024, 10:34:24 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: PM Modi announces  ex-gratia relief of ₹2 lakh for deceased

PM Modi extends condolences to the families of the deceased in a fire tragedy in Kuwait, and wishes for the speedy recovery of the injured and announces ex-gratia relief of 2 lakh to the families of deceased Indian nationals from Prime Minister Relief Fund: PMO

12 Jun 2024, 10:17:29 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Kirti Vardhan Singh says, ‘…had a meeting with PM Modi and tomorrow morning we are travelling to Kuwait’

On Kuwait fire incident, MoS MEA Kirti Vardhan Singh says, "...We stand with the victims of the Kuwait fire incident, we express our sympathy to them. We had a meeting with PM Modi and tomorrow morning we are travelling to Kuwait. We will take stock of the situation and those who are admitted to the hospital. The identification process of those who have died is underway...The maximum people are from Kerala and other parts of South India..."

12 Jun 2024, 09:52:38 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Congress leader Salman Khurshid says, ‘It's very saddening, worrying’

On the Kuwait fire incident, Congress leader Salman Khurshid says, "It's very saddening, worrying... whatever relief we can send them, that needs to be done. Kuwait has very good services, and I hope the govt will extend every possible help, as the govt has this responsibility in such a situation. All the opposition parties will cooperate. The govt should take steps as soon as possible and whatever information they receive from Kuwait, they should share it as it will give some relief to many."

12 Jun 2024, 09:43:24 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: PM Modi called on a meeting to discuss the incident

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called on a meeting to discuss the situation of the Kuwait fire incident which claimed the lives of over 40 people and took place early Wednesday.

Union Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh on Wednesday said that following the meeting, he will leave for Kuwait.

He further emphasised that immediate action will be taken.

"PM Modi has called us for a meeting and after the meeting we will visit Kuwait. An immediate action will be taken," MoS Kirti Vardhan Singh said.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the fire incident in Kuwait which took place early Wednesday.

PM Modi expressed his sadness over the fire mishap in Kuwait City adding that his thoughts are with the family and close ones of the victims of the incident.

12 Jun 2024, 09:37:28 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Identification process of those who have died is underway,  MoS MEA KV Singh

Kuwait Building Fire Live: “We had a meeting with PM Modi and tomorrow morning we are travelling to Kuwait. We will take stock of the situation and those who are admitted to the hospital. The identification process of those who have died is underway...The maximum people are from Kerala and other parts of South India...", MoS MEA KV Singh

12 Jun 2024, 09:26:50 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: NORCA ROOTS starts 24-hour Global Contact Center

Kuwait Building Fire Live: NORCA ROOTS (Non-Resident Keralites Affairs) starts a Help Desk related to the incident of fire in Kuwait -

+965 90039594, +965 66893942, +965 60615153, +965 66015200, +965 51714124, +965 55575492, +965 99861103, +965 60311882, +965 65589453, +96 555464554, + 96599122984

Non-resident Keralites can contact the 24-hour NORCA Global Contact Center on toll-free numbers 1800 425 3939 (from India) +91-8802 012 345 (from abroad, missed call service).

12 Jun 2024, 09:17:28 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: PM Modi chairs meeting

Kuwait Building Fire Live: On returning from Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, PM Narendra Modi held a meeting to review the situation relating to the fire incident in Kuwait.

12 Jun 2024, 09:01:36 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: ‘So far, there has been no official communication,’ family in Kerala awaiting news from Kuwait

A family in Kerala's Kollam district is praying that the news they received unofficially on Wednesday morning about the tragedy that struck Shameer, their sole breadwinner, in the Kuwait fire incident, is not true.

Shameer, hailing from Vayyankara village in this south Kerala district, had been working in Kuwait for the past few years. It was at around 11.30 am that his family received information from a friend about the reported tragic death of Shemeer in the fire.

"So far, there has been no official communication, either from the company or the embassy. We learned about the incident through the family of a colleague who was injured in the fire," a family member told reporters.

In the wake of the incident, local political leaders have stepped in to help. They have reached out to authorities in New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram, seeking more information and urging a speedy and clear update on Shameer's status.

12 Jun 2024, 08:45:45 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: 41 Indians, including 11 from Kerala, had died in the fire

A government agency for Keralites living outside the state said it had been told by the Indian community in Kuwait that 41 Indians, including 11 from Kerala, had died in the fire

12 Jun 2024, 08:30:27 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Emir of Kuwait expresses his sincere sorrow and deep sympathy

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Wednesday ordered authorities to probe the massive fire at an apartment building housing foreign workers, mostly Indians, and vowed to hold accountable those responsible for the tragedy that killed at least 49 people.

Around 50 people, the majority of Indians, were killed in the fire early Wednesday in a six-storey building housing labourers in southern Kuwait, according to the latest reports.

Director General of the Forensic Department Maj Gen Eid Al-Owaihan said that the majority of the deceased were Indian nationals from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and north Indian states.

In a condolence message sent to the families of the victims of the fire incident in Mangaf, the Emir expressed his sincere sorrow and deep sympathy to the families of the victims and wished a fast recovery to the injured.

The Emir directed officials to follow up to the causes of the fire outbreak and hold whomever responsible accountable, the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

12 Jun 2024, 08:22:15 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Death toll rises to 49

The interior ministry revised the death toll up to 49, from 35 issued earlier, after forensic teams scoured the charred building.

"The number of deaths as a result of the fire in the workers' building... has risen to 49," the ministry said.

The health ministry had previously announced 43 injured in the blaze in the Mangaf area, which is heavily populated with migrant labourers.

The building, whose exterior was blackened with soot, housed 196 workers, according to information given to the interior minister by their employer.

12 Jun 2024, 08:11:40 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: ‘Reminder of how much our migrant workers suffer,’ Congress leader Shashi Tharoor

On Kuwait fire incident, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor says, "I know it's truly, truly tragic. They had packed about a couple of hundred people into that building and it's really sad to hear that the fire killed, I believe they initially said 35. Now it looks like 41. Dozens more are injured. So it's a terrible situation. "

“It's a reminder, sadly, of how much our migrant workers suffer when they go abroad hoping to make something to support their families at home and they end up in these kinds of terrible conditions. I pray and hope that the government of Kuwait will take very stern action against whoever is responsible and will also help compensate the families who lost their loved ones..."

12 Jun 2024, 07:58:45 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: Mamata Banerjee expresses deep shock

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday expressed deep shock over the deaths of several Indians in a devastating fire in a building in Kuwait.

She directed the chief secretary and resident commissioner in Delhi to get in touch with the Ministry of External Affairs to obtain the status of those from West Bengal currently in Kuwait.

"Deeply shocked to know about the devastating fire incident of Kuwait, which has already taken a toll of more than 40 lives. My condolences to the bereaved families," she posted on X handle.

"I have instructed my Chief Secretary and Resident Commissioner in Delhi to be in constant touch with Ministry of External Affairs to know about the wellbeing of people of West Bengal origin in Kuwait and to take all appropriate steps on emergent basis," she added.

12 Jun 2024, 07:48:51 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: PM Modi to chair meeting; MEA says, ‘immediate action will be taken…’

On Kuwait fire incident, MoS MEA Kirti Vardhan Singh says, "PM Modi has called us for a meeting and after the meeting we will visit Kuwait. An immediate action will be taken..."

12 Jun 2024, 07:46:22 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: ‘Shocked and saddened,’ Rahul Gandhi expresses condolences

Taking to X, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi expresses condolences. 

He says, “Shocked and saddened by the horrific news of the death of more than 40 Indians in a fire in Kuwait City.

My deepest condolences go out to the bereaved families, and I wish a speedy recovery to all those injured.

The condition of our workers in the Middle East is a serious matter of concern.

The Government of India, working alongside its counterparts, must prioritise the safety of our citizens and ensure dignified living standards."

12 Jun 2024, 07:41:24 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: ‘It is being ascertained if Tamils were among those killed’

It is being ascertained if Tamils were among those killed in Kuwait fire, Tamil Nadu government informs

12 Jun 2024, 07:30:21 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: How the fire started?

The fire started in a kitchen in the six-storey building in the Mangaf area in Kuwait's southern Ahmadi Governorate, officials said, adding that the building reportedly had nearly 200 people living in it, who are workers of the same company.

Director General of the Forensic Department Maj Gen Eid Al-Owaihan said the death toll has exceeded 35, with four injured individuals succumbing to their injuries at the hospitals, English language daily Arab Times reported.

He said that the majority of the deceased were Indian nationals from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and north Indian states. Their ages ranged between 20 and 50 years, the paper added.

12 Jun 2024, 07:14:22 PM IST

Kuwait Building Fire Live: ‘Assist victims of fire tragedy,’ Congress urges MEA

The Congress on Wednesday condoled the loss of lives, including of several Indians, in a major building fire in Kuwait and urged the external affairs ministry to provide all possible assistance to the Indian victims and their families.

Several Indians were among 41 people killed on Wednesday in a major building fire in Kuwait housing workers, according to local officials and reports emanating from the Gulf nation.

The fire started in a kitchen in the six-storey building in Mangaf area in Kuwait's southern Ahmadi Governorate in the early hours of Wednesday, officials said. The building reportedly housed nearly 160 people, who are workers of the same company.

In a post on X, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said, "Anguished by terrible tragedy in Kuwait, where several Indian labourers have lost their lives and many are said to be injured. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured."

"We sincerely urge the External Affairs Ministry to provide all possible assistance to the victims and their families," he said.

12 Jun 2024, 07:10:07 PM IST

Kuwait building fire live: Indian Embassy in Kuwait releases helpline numbers. Check here

Indian Embassy helpline number (+965-65505246) may be reached over by phone, whatsapp as well as whatsapp messages.

12 Jun 2024, 06:57:18 PM IST

Kuwait building fire live: Kirti Vardhan Singh urgently travelling to Kuwait to oversee assistance to Indians

Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh is urgently travelling to Kuwait to oversee assistance to Indians injured in a devastating fire and to ensure early repatriation of mortal remains of those killed.

Singh is leaving for Kuwait at the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Over 40 people, majority of Indians, were killed in the fire in a building housing labourers in southern Kuwait and the number of deceased is expected to go up, officials said.

"As directed by PM @narendramodi, MoS for External Affairs @KVSinghMPGonda is urgently travelling to Kuwait to oversee assistance to those injured in the fire tragedy and to coordinate with local authorities for early repatriation of mortal remains of those who have died in this unfortunate incident," MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said on X.

12 Jun 2024, 06:48:49 PM IST

Kuwait building fire live: KV Singh to also coordinate with local authorities, MoS informed

In Kuwait, MoS K V Singh to also coordinate with local authorities for early repatriation of mortal remains of victims of fire incident, MEA informed

12 Jun 2024, 06:46:54 PM IST

Kuwait building fire live: Ambassador of the State of Kuwait says ‘deepest sympathy to the victims’

Meshal Mustafa J Alshemali, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait, said, “My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the victims of the unfortunate fire accident that led to the death and injury of dozens this morning, in one of the Kuwaiti towns. May God bless the victims with His vast mercy and forgiveness, and make them dwell in His spacious Paradise. And inspire their families and loved ones that the injured person recovers quickly and recovers well."

“We are following the investigations in this matter. His Highness the Emir of the State of Kuwait, demands that the causes of the fire be quickly known and those responsible be held accountable"

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