Minister Says Indians Make up the Majority of Kuwait Fire Casualties

Minister Says Indians Make up the Majority of Kuwait Fire Casualties

The foreign minister of Kuwait announced on Thursday that the death toll from the catastrophic fire that destroyed a building housing immigrant workers had increased to 50, with the majority of the casualties being from India.

According to an official announcement, the victims’ families would get cash compensation from Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The victims will be flown back to India aboard military aircraft.

Authorities in the Philippines reported that three Filipinos were among the deceased, as the fire caused black smoke to spiral through the six-story structure located south of Kuwait City.

The fire that started at the ground floor of the building housing around 200 workers on Wednesday at approximately daybreak in Mangaf, south of Kuwait City, resulted in at least 43 further injuries.

After 49 individuals were pronounced dead on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Abdullah Al-Yahya told reporters that “one of the injured died” overnight.
“Indians make up the majority of the deceased,” he continued. “There are other countries, but I can’t quite recall them.”

In a post on X late on Wednesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that his nation is “doing everything possible to assist those affected by this gruesome fire tragedy.”

Modi’s administration declared that 200,000 rupees ($2,400) would be paid to the deceased’s next of kin.

The Department of Migrant Workers in Manila said that six Filipinos managed to escape unscathed, but three Filipinos perished from smoke inhalation and two more were very ill.

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