Several Indians killed in Kuwait apartment fire, devastating visuals show building go up in flames | Watch

At least 49 people were killed in a fire in Kuwait's building housing workers. Majority of victims are believed to be Indians in Mangaf City.

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First Published12 Jun 2024, 08:36 PM IST
Rescuers arrive at the site of a building that caught fire in Kuwait
Rescuers arrive at the site of a building that caught fire in Kuwait(AP)

At least 49 people in Kuwait were killed on Wednesday as a building housing workers went up in flames. Visuals shared online showed several fire trucks attempting to douse the flames as smoke billowed out of windows. A majority of the victims are believed to be Indians working in Mangaf City.

“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,” Modi posted on X.

The Prime Minister said that the Indian Embassy was “closely monitoring the situation and working with the authorities there to assist the affected.” An update from the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that around 40 Indians are believed to have died in the building fire.  

The blaze broke out in the six-storey building south of Kuwait City at around dawn. Visuals shared widely on social media showed flame engulfing the lower floors as black smoke poured out of the upper-storey windows. Information given to the interior minister by their employer indicated that the building housed 196 workers. 

The official Kuwait News Agency cited Health Minister Ahmed al-Awadhi to indicate that hospitals had received 56 people injured in the fire. A source in the fire department told news agency AFP that the victims had suffocated from rising smoke after the fire started in a kitchen on the lower floor.

Construction firm NBTC group — partly owned by an Indian — had rented the building for stay of more than 195 workers. Most of the residents were Indians from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and northern states. 

Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Saud Al-Sabah visited the site of the fire and blamed violations of norms and greed by the real estate owners for the incident. Officials from the criminal evidence department are now working to identify the victims and reveal the cause of the fire.

ALSO READ: Kuwait building fire news: Indian Embassy launches helpline number. Check details here

(With inputs from agencies)

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First Published:12 Jun 2024, 08:36 PM IST
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