About 40 Indians were killed and 50 injured in an apartment fire in Kuwait; Prime Minister Modi announced a donation of 2 Lakh rupees to the relatives of the deceased

The Ministry of External Affairs said that around 40 Indians were killed and over 50 injured in a fire at a workers’ hostel in Kuwait’s Mangaf area. The embassy is verifying details with the relevant Kuwaiti authorities and the company. The ministry said in a statement that the injured are currently undergoing treatment in five public hospitals and are receiving proper medical care and attention. Hospital authorities said most of the admitted patients are in stable condition. Following the incident, Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Adarsh ​​Suwaika immediately visited the incident site and the hospital to ensure the welfare of Indian nationals. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh has arrived in Kuwait and will be proceeding directly from the airport to the hospital. He will also meet with the Kuwaiti Finance Minister and other senior officials. The Embassy will continue to work with local authorities to assist Indian nationals injured in the incident and provide all possible assistance. The Embassy has received full support from the Kuwaiti authorities. We continue to be in touch with local authorities and provide assistance to those affected. The Embassy has set up a hotline +965-65505246 through which families can contact. Updates will be provided regularly through the hotline. External Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar last night spoke to his Kuwaiti counterpart Abdullah Ali Al Yahya about the fire tragedy in Kuwait. In a social media post, Dr. Jaishankar said he has been informed of the efforts of the Kuwaiti authorities in this regard. He said he was confident that the incident would be thoroughly investigated and those responsible identified. Dr. Jaishankar called for early repatriation of the bodies. Kuwait’s foreign minister stressed that the injured are being given necessary treatment. The foreign minister said the situation would be reviewed after the country’s foreign minister KV Singh arrives in Kuwait today.

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