News Brief

At Least 41 Dead In Fire At Kuwait Building, Over 30 Indian Workers Among Injured

Kuldeep Negi

Jun 12, 2024, 04:28 PM | Updated 04:28 PM IST

Indian Ambassador to Kuwait met the injured Indian workers in hospital (Pic Via Twitter)
Indian Ambassador to Kuwait met the injured Indian workers in hospital (Pic Via Twitter)

At least 41 people, including several Indians, were killed after a fire broke out in a building housing workers in Kuwait's Mangaf city.

The incident occurred around 6 am local time (around 9 am IST).

The Kuwaiti health ministry said about 43 people were hospitalised due to the fire, and four of those people had died.

The fire reportedly started in a kitchen in the six-storey building in Mangaf area in Kuwait’s southern Ahmadi Governorate.

Over 30 Indian workers, who were injured in the fire incident, have been hospitalised, according to Indian Embassy in Kuwait.

India's Ambassador to Kuwait Adarsh Swaika visited Al-Adan hospital where over 30 Indian workers injured in fire incident have been admitted.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the incident.

"Deeply shocked by the news of the fire incident in Kuwait city. There are reportedly over 40 deaths and over 50 have been hospitalized. Our Ambassador has gone to the camp. We are awaiting further information," Jaishankar said.

"The building in which the fire occurred was used to house workers, and there was a large number of workers there. Dozens were rescued, but unfortunately there were many deaths as a result of inhaling smoke from the fire," news agency Reuters reported quoting a senior police commander.

Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Saud Al-Sabah accused real estate owners of violations and greed, saying those factors contributed towards the incident.

"Unfortunately, the greed of real estate owners is what leads to these matters," said Sheikh Fahad, who also runs the interior and defence ministries.

Also Read: If You Don't Act, We Will Ask Delhi Police: Supreme Court Raps AAP Government Over Tanker Mafia Amid Ongoing Water Crisis

Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.

Get Swarajya in your inbox.