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“Devastating Fire in Southern Kuwait Claims Lives of 42 Indians and Injures Over 50 Migrant Workers”

A devastating fire in southern Kuwait’s Mangaf area early Wednesday morning claimed the lives of 49 people, including 42 Indians, and left over 50 injured. The blaze broke out in a building housing around 195 migrant workers. Other casualties included nationals from Pakistan, the Philippines, Egypt, and Nepal.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs confirmed the incident and the toll. The fire, reported as the worst in Kuwait’s history, has sparked demands for stricter enforcement against landlords and companies housing large numbers of workers in unsafe conditions to cut costs.

Notable victims included 48-year-old Vadakkottuvilayil Lukose from Kerala, a supervisor with NBTC Group, and Shameer Umarudheen, a heavy vehicle driver from Kerala. Other identified victims are Kelu Ponmaleri, a production engineer from Kasaragod, and 34-year-old Ranjith, who had been working in Kuwait for a decade.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh is en route to Kuwait to assess the situation. He noted that many victims were burned beyond recognition, necessitating DNA tests for identification. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences and held a meeting with the Ministry of External Affairs to discuss the incident and the repatriation of the deceased.

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