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'Deeply shocked, will render fullest assistance': S Jaishankar on Kuwait building fire that killed 40 Indians
In images Kuwait building fire/ courtesy: Videgrabs from x

'Deeply shocked, will render fullest assistance': S Jaishankar on Kuwait building fire that killed 40 Indians

| @indiablooms | 12 Jun 2024, 08:54 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Wednesday said he is "deeply shocked" by news of 40 Indians being killed in the fire that broke at a six-floor building in Kuwait's Mangaf city at 6 am local time (9 am IST).

The fire has since been contained and an inquiry is underway.

According to reports, 49 people were killed in the fire, of which 40 are Indian nationals. Over dozens have received injuries.

The building had 160 people living in it and some succumbed to death as they jumped off the fifth floor to escape.

"Deeply shocked by news of the fire incident in Kuwait City. There are reportedly over 40 deaths and over 50 have been hospitalised. Our Ambassador has gone to the camp... we are awaiting further information," Jaishankar said on X. Initial reports say most of the Indian victims were from Kerala.

"Deepest condolences to the families of those who tragically lost their lives. Wish early and full recovery to those who have been injured. Our Embassy will render fullest assistance..."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also offered condolences and said the Indian embassy is working with local authorities to assist the victims.

"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. The Indian Embassy in Kuwait is closely monitoring the situation and working with the authorities there to assist the affected," he said.

The Indian Embassy in Kuwait has issued a helpline number.

The injured workers are believed to be in stable condition.

Kuwait's health ministry said the injured had been admitted to several hospitals; the majority were sent to Al-Adan, but some were also sent to Farwaniya Hospital, Al-Amiri, and Mubarak Hospital.

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