Kuwait Fire LIVE Updates: Plane carrying mortal remains of Indians killed in building fire lands in Kochi

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Kuwait Fire LIVE Updates: A specialized Indian Air Force plane transporting the mortal remains of Indian nationals affected by the Kuwait fire incident landed at Cochin International Airport.

Union Minister of State VK Singh, who promptly travelled to Kuwait on Thursday, accompanied the bodies on the flight.

At least 45 Indians died in the massive fire that broke out in a labour accommodation in Kuwait’s Mangaf on 12 June. This includes 23 from Kerala, seven from Tamil Nadu, three from Andhra Pradesh, and one each from Bihar, Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Punjab and West Bengal.

Kuwaiti authorities completed DNA testing on the deceased before handing over their remains to Indian officials for repatriation.

According to the Kuwaiti Fire Force, the tragic fire was attributed to an electrical circuit malfunction, as stated in a press release following an investigation of the incident site, as reported by Kuwaiti news agency KUNA.

Authorities confirmed the identities of 45 Indian and three Filipino victims of the fire, which engulfed the Al-Mangaf building in the Al-Ahmadi governorate. The blaze, first reported to authorities at 4:30 am on Wednesday, resulted in numerous fatalities primarily due to smoke inhalation, with reports indicating it originated in a kitchen.

Get all the Kuwait Fire LIVE Updates here on LiveMint.

14 Jun 2024, 11:39:32 AM IST

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Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly VD Satheesan on Friday slammed the Union government for “not giving clearance” for Kerala Health Minister Veena George to travel to Kuwait to coordinate assistance for the people from the state affected by the tragic fire mishap in the Gulf country.

“This is very unfortunate when an incident is taking place aboard; it is the duty of the state to send their representatives. When the state was trying to send the Kerala Health Minister, the central government did not provide clearance. This is very unfortunate, this is political and we are not in support of that,” VD Satheesan told ANI.

14 Jun 2024, 11:25:47 AM IST

Kuwait Fire LIVE: Plane carrying bodies of Indians killed in Kuwait building fire lands in Kochi

A special Indian Air Force aircraft carrying mortal remains of Indian victims in the fire incident in Kuwait arrived at the Cochin International Airport here on Friday.

Union Minister of State Singh VK Singh who rushed to Kuwait on Thursday is onboard the flight carrying the bodies.

Union Minister Suresh Gopi and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan were among those who were present at the airport. (ANI)

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