Kuwait fire: IAF aircraft carrying mortal remains of 45 Indians to reach Kochi by 10.30 am

Kochi: An aircraft carrying the mortal remains of the 45 Indians killed in a devastating fire in a building in Kuwait's Mangaf is expected to reach the Cochin International Airport by 10.30 am on Friday.

The C-130J transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force which started from Kuwait at 3.30am will land in Kerala first as most of the victims belong to the State.

The aircraft is then expected to reach Delhi as some of the Indians killed are from a few north Indian states. 

Union Minister of State External Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh, who coordinated with Kuwaiti authorities ensuring swift repatriation, is onboard the aircraft.

Kuwaiti authorities said they identified bodies of 45 Indians and three Filipino nationals killed in the fire.

At least 49 migrant workers, including 24 Malayalis, were killed and 50 others injured in the blaze. 

At Kuwaiti authorities have already conducted DNA tests on the bodies as part of the identification process.

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