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Kuwait fire tragedy: Over 40 Indians killed

In a tragic incident, a fire engulfed a residential building in Kuwait, claiming the lives of 40 Indian nationals and leaving 50 others injured. The blaze broke out in the early hours of the morning, rapidly spreading through the multi-story structure, trapping many residents inside.

Emergency services rushed to the scene to battle the inferno and rescue survivors. Among the casualties, 40 Indian citizens lost their lives, while 50 others sustained injuries of varying degrees. The injured have been rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment, with some reported to be in critical condition.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level review meeting at his residence and announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of those who died. PM Modi expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and directed officials to provide all necessary assistance to those affected by the tragedy. He also instructed authorities to coordinate with Kuwaiti counterparts to ensure the well-being of Indian nationals in the country.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, with initial reports suggesting it may have been sparked by an electrical malfunction in the kitchen.The fire started in a kitchen in the six-storey building, officials said, adding the building had nearly 195 people – all workers of the same company – living in it. Officials said most deaths were due to smoke inhalation while residents were sleeping. The incident has highlighted the need for enhanced safety measures in residential buildings to prevent such disasters in the future.

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