He died the same day he returned from Andhra Pradesh, say kin of Kuwait fire tragedy victim

The village of Sompeta was in sorrow as relatives and acquaintances thronged the home of Lokanandam as they came to know of his tragic death.


Published Jun 14, 2024 | 5:25 PM Updated Jun 14, 2024 | 5:39 PM

The building where the fire accident occurred. (X)

Till recently, Lokanandam had been home in his village of Sompeta in Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh, having come from Kuwait for the elections and other engagements. But the same day that he returned to the West Asian country, he met with his unexpected death, a relative said.

The village of Sompeta was blanketed in sorrow on Friday, 14 June, as relatives and acquaintances thronged the home of Lokanandam as they came to know of his tragic death soon after his return from his home town to his country of work.

Lokanandam’s mother was inconsolable, surrounded by relatives mourning his loss.

Three migrant workers from the state died in the recent fire accident in Kuwait.

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APNRTS identified body

Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugu Society (APNRTS), which is the nodal agency for matters related to NRIs and migrant workers, had said on Thursday that T Lokanandam from Srikakulam district and M Satyanarayana and M Eshwarudu from West Godavari district were identified among the deceased.

“As part of his return journey (to Kuwait), Lokanandam had gone to Hyderabad on 5 June, stayed there for four days and then reached Kuwait on 11 June,” Lokanadam’s brother-in-law Santha Rao said.

Lokanandam was the lone breadwinner of his family, and Sompeta villagers have reached out to Union Aviation Minister K Ram Mohan Naidu for help in repatriating his body.

The mortal remains of Lokanandam, Satyanarayana and Eshwarudu are expected to arrive in New Delhi by Friday afternoon, after which they would be despatched onward to Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada airports for further transit to their hometowns.

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