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Tragedy Strikes Indian Workers in Kuwait Fire Incident

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Tragedy struck Indian workers in Kuwait as a devastating fire incident claimed the lives of dozens from the southern state of Kerala. The Ministry of External Affairs confirmed the deaths of 40 Indians in the blaze that engulfed a labor-housing facility in Mangaf City.

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister, Abdullah al-Yahya, provided updates on the casualties, with the death toll rising to at least 50, including nine other individuals. The majority of Kuwait’s population comprises foreigners, many of whom work in industries like construction, residing in often overcrowded accommodations.

Norka Roots, a government agency in Kerala, reported 24 fatalities from the state, coordinating with the federal government to repatriate the bodies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences and assured support for the families affected by the tragic incident.

Indian officials, including Kirti Vardhan Singh, arrived in Kuwait to facilitate medical care for the injured and the repatriation of remains. The identities of the deceased, such as Muralidharan Nair, Saju Varghese, and Stephin Abraham Sabu, among others, were confirmed with deep sorrow by their families in Kerala.

The Kuwaiti government, led by Emir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah and other officials, pledged support and ordered investigations into the fire. The tragic event brought renewed attention to the challenges faced by Indian workers in the Gulf region, highlighting the need for improved safety measures and living conditions.

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