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Kuwait Fire: 40 Indians Among 49 Dead in Mangaf Residential Blaze

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At least 40 Indians are among 49 people killed in a fire at a residential building in Mangaf, Kuwait, according to India’s foreign ministry. The fire, which broke out on Wednesday, engulfed a building housing dozens of workers.

Footage on social media showed flames consuming the lower part of the building, with thick black smoke billowing from the upper floors. Many of the casualties are from the southern Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, with around 50 Indians injured. Filipino and Nepali workers are also among the injured.

The fire affected a building reportedly housing 196 workers, raising concerns of overcrowding. A senior police officer confirmed the building had a “large number” of occupants, and many deaths resulted from smoke inhalation.

Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Fahad Yusuf al-Sabah blamed property owners’ greed and violations of building standards for the tragedy. The fire was reported at 06:00 local time (03:00 GMT) and was later controlled.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences and the Indian embassy is assisting with the situation. Kirti Vardhan Singh, a junior minister, stated DNA tests are being conducted to identify the victims, with an Air Force plane ready to repatriate the bodies.

Eyewitnesses reported the fire spreading rapidly, with many workers unable to control it. Families of victims in India are in shock, with some awaiting news of their loved ones.

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