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3 Malayalis among 11 Indians killed in Saudi building fire

Friday, Jul 14, 2017,9:24 IST By joji A A A

Jeddah/New Delhi | Eleven Indians, including three from Kerala, have been killed in a fire in the southern Saudi city of Najran, the External Affairs Ministry said Thursday.

The Malayalis killed in the fire have been identified as Kamapalan Sathyan, Baiju Raghavan, and Sreejith Kottasseri.

Gauri Shankar Gupta, Murokanandan Kaliyan, Tabrej Khan, Ateeq Ahmad, Waseem Akram, Vakeel Ahmad, Paras Kumar Subedar and Mohammad Waseem Azizur Rahman were the other Indians killed in the fire, according to the details of the deceased released by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Details of the five injured Indians are being obtained, the MEA said.

The Indian Consulate in Jeddah is providing all assistance to the families of the deceased and those injured in the tragedy, it said.

Among the Indians killed in the fire, five were from Uttar Pradesh, and one each from Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Punjab.

Apart from the 11 Indians killed, five Indians were also injured in the blaze that ripped through a windowless house where the workers were staying.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay in New Delhi put out the details of the deceased and said the Consulate General of India, Jeddah, was trying for early repatriation of the mortal remains.

“We are in touch with local authorities as well as the hospital to ensure that all possible assistance and treatment is extended to the five injured,” Baglay said.

Arab News reported that 11 people suffocated and six were injured yesterday, in a fire that ripped through a windowless house they shared at a farm.

“Firefighters put out a blaze in an old house lacking windows for ventilation. Eleven people died of asphyxiation, and six others were injured,” the local civil defence authority said.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi said, “I am aware of the fire tragedy in Najran…I have spoken to Consul General Jeddah.”

“Our Consul General is in touch with the Governor of Najran. He is updating me on a regular basis,” Swaraj said.