Kuwait THE building in Mangaf of Kuwait’s southern Ahmadi Governorate razed by fire on Wednesday claiming the lives of three OFWs and several others.


June 14, 2024 Jun I. Legaspi 89 views

THE Department of Migrant Workers has confirmed the death of three overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in a fire at their building in Kuwait early Wednesday morning.

Migrant Workers Secretary Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the three, who died from smoke inhalation, were part of a group of 11 OFWs all working for the same Kuwaiti construction company housed in the building that caught fire.

Two other OFWs remain in the hospital and in critical condition, while the remaining six are all safe and unharmed.

Cacdac instructed the Migrant Workers Office in Kuwait (MWO-Kuwait) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Welfare Office to coordinate their efforts with the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait (PE-Kuwait) under Ambassador Jose Cabrera for the repatriation of the three workers’ remains.

Cacdac said he and OWWA Administrator Arnell A. Ignacio are personally reaching out to all the families and relatives of the 11 OFWs.

“We are in touch with the families of all the affected OFWs, including the families of those two in critical condition and the families of the three fatalities. Six of them are now safe and provided with their immediate needs. We will provide all the necessary assistance and support to the OFWs and their families in this difficult time as directed by the President,” Cacdac said.

Kuwaiti authorities reported that the fire started at about 4:30 a.m. on June 12 (9:30 a.m., Manila time) in the building that served as a housing and dormitory facility for foreign workers employed by the Kuwaiti construction company.

The building is located in al-Mangaf, a coastal city south of Kuwait City.

The Kuwait Interior Ministry reports that 49 people were killed in the fire, with scores injured.