Kuwait fire: MoS meets injured Indians, Cong demands ₹25 lakh ex-gratia for families | Top updates

An apartment building in Kuwait, housing foreign labour workers, left 49 workers dead and at least 50 injured. Out of the 49 casualties, 41 labourers were Indian, confirmed officials. Due to the magnitude of the incident, prompt action was called by both the Indian and Kuwaiti government.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh meets with an Indian who was injured in the Mangaf fire incident, at Jaber Hospital, in Kuwait on Thursday. (ANI Photo)(India in Kuwait-X)

Kuwait’s Interior Minister Sheikh Fahad Al-Yousef Al-Sabah, who visited the site, vowed a “resolute” response to building violations, whereby overcrowding is common in living quarters for poorly paid laborers and safety measures often compromised.

Meanwhile, India sent Union minister of state for external affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh, to Kuwait to assess the situation and assist the Indian embassy in the country to repatriate the remains of those killed. Singh met the six injured Indians in the hospital, assuring their families that they were safe and receiving treatment.

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