Pradeep Pattanayak

At least two people from Odisha were among the 45 Indians, who were killed in the Kuwait fire mishap. 

The two deceased persons from Odisha have been identified as Santosh Kumar Gouda and Mahammad Jahur. According to sources, Mahammad Jahur is a resident of Taradapali under Tigiria Police limits of Athagarh in Cuttack district.

These two names were in the list of deceased reportedly shared by Kuwait authorities.

According to reports by Kuwaiti media, the fire broke out in a six-floor building that was crammed with migrant workers in the city's al-Mangaf area.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, in a post on X, said: @Spoke to Kuwaiti FM Abdullah Ali Al-Yahya on the fire tragedy in Kuwait. Apprised of the efforts made by Kuwaiti authorities in that regard. Was assured that the incident would be fully investigated and that responsibility will be fixed."

S. Jaishankhar said that he urged the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister for the early repatriation of the mortal remains of those who lost their lives.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier on Wednesday chaired a review meeting on the fire tragedy in Kuwait at his residence.

PM Modi also announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh to the families of deceased Indian nationals from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.


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