Family in Kerala awaits confirmation on breadwinner's fate in Kuwait fire

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NEW DELHI: A

family in Kerala

's

Kollam district

is anxiously hoping that the news they received unofficially about the tragic fate of

Shameer

, their sole breadwinner, in the

Kuwait fire

incident, is not true.
Shameer, a resident of

Vayyankara village

in this southern Kerala district, had been working in Kuwait for the past few years. His family was informed about his reported death in the fire by a friend around 11:30 am on Wednesday.
"So far, there has been no official communication, either from the company or the embassy.

We learned about the incident through the family of a colleague who was injured in the fire," a family member told reporters.
In the wake of the incident, local political leaders have stepped in to assist. They have reached out to authorities in New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram, seeking more information and urging a swift and clear update on Shameer's status.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday wrote to external affairs minister S Jaishankar, seeking the Centre's intervention in the Kuwait fire incident, which claimed over 40 lives, including several Malayalees.
In a brief message, Vijayan said that among the 40 people reportedly killed in the mishap, some were believed to be Malayalees.
Over 40 people, the majority of them Indians, were killed in a devastating fire in a building housing laborers in southern Kuwait, central government officials said on Wednesday.

The fire in the Al-Mangaf building was reported to authorities in Al-Ahmadi governorate at 4:30 am, with most of the deaths attributed to smoke inhalation, according to Kuwaiti media reports.
Construction firm NBTC Group had rented the building to house more than 195 workers, most of them Indians from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and northern states, Kuwaiti media said.
(With inputs from agencies)