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Kuwait Fire: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin condoles demise of 40 Indians

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 June 2024, 9:32 IST
Stalin condoles demise of 40 Indians in Kuwait fire incident

Chennai (Tamil Nadu): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has offered condolences following the death of at least 40 Indians in the major fire incident at a labour housing facility in the Mangaf area of Kuwait on June 12.

"I was shocked and saddened to hear the news that more than 40 Indians have died in a fire in the building where the workers were staying in Mangab, Kuwait. It is with a heavy heart that I offer my deepest condolences and condolences to the families of all the deceased," Stalin said in a post on X.

The Chief Minister said that he has directed the Tamil Nadu Commisssionerate of Welfare and Rehabilitation of Non-Resident Tamils to ascertain whether anyone from Tamil Nadu were injured in the incident. The Commissionerate launched also helpline numbers  91 1800 309 3793,  91 80 6900 9900, and  91 80 6900 9901.


Lucose and Sajan George who lost their lives in Kuwait fire incident (ANI)

All the injured are being treated in hospitals in Kuwait, Stalin said, adding that the Ministry of External Affairs is in constant touch with the Indian Embassy and Tamil associations there.

After around 40 Indians lost their lives in the Kuwait fire incident, two more deceased from Kerala have been identified in the tragic mishap.

The deceased have been identified as Lucose (48) and Sajan George (29), both natives of Kollam city in Kerala. Lucose was working as a supervisor at NBTC Company in Kuwait for 18 years.

He left behind his wife, Shiny, and two children, Lydia and Lois. His relatives said that he had told them that he would come home next week.

Another deceased, Sajan George, an M.Tech graduate, was a native of Punalur in Kollam. He went to Kuwait after getting a job a month ago. He worked there as a junior mechanical engineer.

The MEA said that the people who have sustained injuries are undergoing treatment in five government hospitals--Adan, Jaber, Farwaniya, Mubarak Al Kabeer, and Jahra--in Kuwait. Earlier, citing the hospital authorities, the MEA said that most of the admitted patients are stable.

Prime Minister Modi offered condolences and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the families of deceased Indian nationals. Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar said on Wednesday that he has urged the Kuwaiti authorities for the early repatriation of the mortal remains of those who lost their lives.

(With ANI Inputs)

First published: 13 June 2024, 9:32 IST