Plane carrying remains of 45 Indians killed in Kuwait building fire lands in Kerala


The mortal remains of Indians killed in the Kuwait fire were flown to Kerala on a special Indian Air Force plane on Friday. The plane landed in Kochi today.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also arrived at the Cochin International Airport soon after the aircraft landed.

The coffins were later transported outside the airport, as families waited to receive the mortal remains of those killed in the Kuwait fire tragedy.

Earlier, around 35 ambulances and nearly an equal number of police vehicles lined up outside the import cargo terminal of the Kochi International Airport.

Kuwait has vowed to promptly investigate the incident and assured full support in repatriating the mortal remains of the victims.

At least 49 foreign workers were killed and 50 others injured in the fire on Wednesday at the seven-storey building where 196 migrant workers were staying in the southern city of Mangaf.

Kuwait Fire Force said the deadly fire was caused by an electrical short circuit.

In a statement, the force said that the conclusion was reached after field examination of the scene and the building where the fire broke out yesterday.

Meanwhile, Kuwaiti authorities were conducting DNA tests on the bodies of those killed in the devastating fire incident in southern Kuwait’s Mangaf area.


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