Kerala Government Announces Aid Package After Kuwait Fire Tragedy

▴ Kerala Government Announces Aid Package After Kuwait Fire Tragedy
The prompt response and ongoing support aim to provide some relief and ensure that the victims and their families receive the necessary assistance and care.

The Kerala government has stepped up to support the families affected by a devastating fire in Kuwait that claimed the lives of 45 Indians, including 23 residents of Kerala. In response to this tragic incident, the Kerala government has announced a financial aid package, offering Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh for those injured.

The Tragic Incident: The fire broke out in a residential building in Kuwait on Wednesday, resulting in a significant loss of life and injuries. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) reported that around 40 Indians perished in the blaze, with over 50 more injured. The injured victims are receiving treatment in five government hospitals in Kuwait: Adan, Jaber, Farwaniya, Mubarak Al Kabeer, and Jahra. Fortunately, most of the patients are reported to be in stable condition.

Immediate Response from Indian Authorities: Union Minister of State for External Affairs, Kirti Vardhan Singh, arrived in Kuwait on Thursday to assess the situation firsthand and visit the injured. He visited Jaber Hospital, where he met with six injured Indians, confirming their safety and well-being. Singh’s visit was part of a coordinated effort under the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ensuring that the Indian Embassy in Kuwait is working closely with local authorities to assist the victims and facilitate the repatriation of the deceased.

Government Support and Coordination: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting following the incident, expressing deep sorrow over the tragedy. He announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the families of the deceased. Modi assured that the Indian government would provide all possible assistance to the affected families.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar also communicated with his Kuwaiti counterpart, Abdullah Ali Al-Yahya, urging a thorough investigation into the fire and ensuring the early repatriation of the mortal remains. Jaishankar confirmed that the injured were receiving the necessary medical attention.

Kerala's Efforts to Assist: Kerala Health Minister Veena George, along with State Mission Director (NHM) Jeevan Babu, is set to travel to Kuwait to assist affected families and oversee the repatriation process. Kerala’s representative in Delhi, Professor K V Thomas, is maintaining constant communication with the MEA to ensure ongoing support for the families of the victims.

Helpline and Support for Families: The Indian Embassy in Kuwait has established a helpline for family members seeking information and updates about their loved ones. This helpline is part of a broader effort to provide timely and accurate information to the families affected by the fire.

Air Force Assistance: An Indian Air Force plane is on standby to facilitate the return of the bodies once identification is complete. This measure highlights the commitment of the Indian government to ensuring that the mortal remains of the deceased are repatriated with dignity and respect.

The fire tragedy in Kuwait has deeply affected the Indian community, especially the families of the victims. The Kerala government’s financial aid package, along with the coordinated efforts of various Indian authorities, reflects a strong commitment to supporting the affected families during this difficult time. The prompt response and ongoing support aim to provide some relief and ensure that the victims and their families receive the necessary assistance and care.

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