Kuwait fire: Three from Andhra Pradesh, seven from Tamil Nadu died in tragedy

The government will provide all necessary assistance to those undergoing treatment for burn injuries, Stalin said in a statement in Chennai.


Published Jun 14, 2024 | 9:54 AM Updated Jun 14, 2024 | 9:57 AM

The building where the fire accident occurred. (X)

The Andhra Pradesh government has said that three migrant workers from the state died in the recent fire incident in Kuwait.

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

These three were identified as per the information shared by the New Delhi-based Andhra Pradesh Bhavan (AP Bhavan) with APNRTS.

“APNRTS has contacted the families, ascertained further information and collected details of the persons who will receive the mortal remains of individual migrants from the airport on behalf of the family,” said the society in a press release on Thursday, 13 June.

It is coordinating with AP Bhavan on transporting the mortal remains of the Kuwait fire tragedy victims.

According to APNRTS, the mortal remains are expected to arrive in New Delhi by Friday afternoon, 14 June, and will be dispatched onward to Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada airports for further transit to the hometowns of the victims.

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Seven dead from Tamil Nadu

Meanwhile, the death toll of the deceased from Tamil Nadu rose from five to seven.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday said seven Tamils were among the dead in the Kuwait fire incident, and arrangements have been made to fly their mortal remains to Chennai.

The bodies will be handed over to their relatives, he said.

Expressing shock and anguish over the death of seven people in a building blaze in Kuwait City, the Chief Minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the deceased and ordered a solatium of ₹5 lakh to each affected family.

Assistance from government

The government will provide all necessary assistance to those undergoing treatment for burn injuries, Stalin said in a statement in Chennai.

“The state government is making arrangements to bring the mortal remains of the employees from Tamil Nadu by a separate plane and hand them over to their families as soon as possible,” he said.

The deceased have been identified as Veerasamy Mariappan of Thoothukudi, E Raju of Tiruchirappalli, Krishnamurthy Chinnadurai of Cuddalore, Sivasankaran Govindan of Royapuram, Chennai, P Richard of Thanjavur, Karuppannan Ramu of Ramanathapuram, and Mohamed Sharif of Villupuram.

Earlier, Minorities Welfare and Non-Resident Tamils Welfare Minister Gingee KS Masthan told reporters in Chennai that as per the Chief Minister’s directive, all steps were being taken to bring home the bodies and ensure necessary medical care for the injured.

“The Embassy (in Kuwait) has said that official information (on victims) will be provided to the state government. We are continuously monitoring,” he said.

The tragic fire incident in a building in Kuwait’s Mangaf city early on Wednesday killed 49 foreign workers, including around 40 Indians, and injured 50 others.

Related: Several Indians killed in Kuwait apartment fire

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