13 Jun 2024

Kuwait: Union Minister Kirti Vardhan Singh reaches to meet injured workers; most of admitted patients stable

About 49 people died in a fire in a multi-storey building in Kuwait on Wednesday. 40 workers among the dead are Indians. About 50 people have also been injured in this incident.

Union Minister of State Kirti Vardhan Singh reached Kuwait on Thursday to meet the people injured in the accident. The Indian Embassy in Kuwait has given this information on the social media platform X.

The Indian Embassy wrote on X, "Union Minister of State Kirti Vardhan Singh reached Kuwait on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He reached Zubair Hospital to know the condition of Indians injured in the fire accident. He met six Indian workers admitted in the hospital. All the workers are safe."

He also reached Mubarak Al Kabir Hospital where seven Indians injured in the accident have been admitted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on the entire matter on Wednesday night after the death of 40 Indians in the fire in Kuwait.

Assistance of Rs 2 lakh each

In this meeting chaired by the PM, he took stock of the latest situation. In the review meeting, an assistance of Rs 2 lakh each from the PM Relief Fund was also announced for the families of the Indians who died.

Following the incident, Ambassador of India in Kuwait, Adarsh ​​Swaika, immediately visited the location of the incident and also the hospitals to ascertain the welfare of the Indian nationals. The Embassy continues to coordinate with local authorities to assist Indian nationals who have been injured in this unfortunate incident and extend all possible support. The Embassy is receiving full cooperation from the Kuwaiti authorities.

On the directions of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Minister of State Kirti Vardhan Singh is in Kuwait to work towards early repatriation of mortal remains as well as for medical assistance to those injured.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, "Our Embassy in Kuwait continues to remain in touch with local authorities to provide relief to those affected. The Embassy has established a helpline +965-65505246 (whatsapp and regular call) for family members to get in touch. Regular updates are being provided through the helpline."

MEA said further, "Those injured are presently admitted in 5 government hospitals (Adan, Jaber, Farwaniya, Mubarak Al Kabeer and Jahra hospitals) in Kuwait and receiving proper medical care and attention. According to hospital authorities, most of the admitted patients are stable.>

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