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Monday, 15 July 2024 2.10 AM IST

11 Malayalees dead in Kuwait fire: Victim from Kollam identified; emergency helpline number issued

umaruddin-shamir

KUWAIT CITY: One of the Malayalees who died in the fire in the Malayali-owned labour camp building in the city of Mangaf in southern Kuwait has been identified. Umaruddin Shamir (33), a native of Kollam Oyoor, died. Information from news agencies is that a total of 11 Malayalees have died. 49 people died in the accident, out of which 30 were Indians. Information about the others who died will be released soon.

195 employees of NBTC Company in Mangaf Block four lived in the building. The company is owned by Malayali businessman KG Abraham. The fire broke out around four o'clock today. The initial conclusion is that the fire started in the kitchen of the labour camp. Many people were injured. As the fire started, many people jumped out of the window. Many of them were seriously injured. Kuwaiti Minister Al Yousaf and the Indian Ambassador have reached the spot. Malayalees in the area told the media that all the people in the building were evacuated.

Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Saud Al-Sabah ordered the arrest of the owner and caretaker of the building that caught fire. It has been found that high number of people were accommodated in the building in violation of safety norms. In the wake of the fire, the Kuwaiti Interior Minister has ordered to arrest the owners of all the buildings where workers are staying illegally and take legal action. After visiting the accident site, the Minister said that what happened today is the result of the greed of the company and the building owners. Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said that the accident in Kuwait is shocking. He has informed that the Indian Embassy will provide all assistance. Jaishankar wrote on X that he is waiting for further information and conveyed his condolences to the family members of the deceased.

Embassy has put in place an emergency helpline number: +965-65505246.

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