PM Modi expresses sadness at Kuwait fire tragedy, sends MoS KV Singh to oversee assistance

New Delhi, June 12 (UNI) Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed sadness at the fire tragedy at a labour camp in Kuwait City in which many Indians are reported to have died. On the PM’s directive, Minister of State for External Affairs KV Singh is travelling to Kuwait to oversee assistance to the injured Indian workers.

PM Modi posted on X that the Indian Embassy in Kuwait is working with the authorities there to assist those affected.

“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.”

The MEA spokesperson in a tweet said: “As directed by PM @narendramodi, MoS for External Affairs @KVSinghMPGonda is urgently travelling to Kuwait to oversee assistance to those injured in the fire tragedy and to coordinate with local authorities for early repatriation of mortal remains of those who have died in this unfortunate incident.”

According to local Kuwaiti media reports, over 45 people have died, mostly Indian nationals, in a fire that broke out at a workers’ accommodation in Mangaf in Kuwait’s southern Ahmadi governorate on Wednesday.

The Kuwait Local website said “the majority of the deceased are Indian nationals”.

It said that several individuals were injured, some critically, and have been taken to nearby hospitals for necessary medical treatment.

The fire occurred at around 4 am on Wednesday morning, and is suspected to have originated from a gas cylinder stored in the watchman’s room. Nearly 160 workers, all employees of the same company, were residing in the camp at the time of the fire.

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