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IAF Flight Carrying Mortal Remains Of 45 Indian Victims Of Kuwait Fire Lands In Kochi

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Kuwait City: A special Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft carrying the mortal remains of 45 Indian victims who perished in a tragic fire incident in Kuwait arrived in Kochi on Friday.

“A special IAF aircraft carrying mortal remains of 45 Indian victims in the fire incident in Kuwait has taken off for Kochi,” the Indian embassy posted on X.

“Minister of State @KVSinghMPGonda, who coordinated with Kuwaiti authorities ensuring swift repatriation, is onboard the aircraft,” it added.

The fire, which occurred on Wednesday, has claimed the lives of 23 residents of Kerala among the 45 Indian fatalities, causing shockwaves through communities in both Kuwait and India.

The detailed breakdown of the victims highlights the extent of the tragedy: 7 from Tamil Nadu, 3 from Andhra Pradesh, and 1 each from Bihar, Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Punjab, and West Bengal, in addition to the 23 from Kerala.

Kuwaiti authorities are diligently investigating the cause of the fire and are providing support to the affected families. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his deepest condolences and has assured all possible assistance to those impacted by the tragedy.

Minister of State for External Affairs of India, Kirti Vardhan Singh, visited hospitals in Kuwait on June 13, where he interacted with Indian nationals undergoing treatment following the fire incident in Mangaf. His visits underscored India’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of its citizens abroad and highlighted the importance of international cooperation during times of crisis.

This repatriation effort is a somber reminder of the strong ties between India and Kuwait and the collective grief shared by both nations in the wake of this tragedy.

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