(Bloomberg) -- A fire in an apartment block housing foreign laborers in Kuwait left about 40 Indians dead and at least 50 injured, prompting calls from both governments for investigations. 

India has dispatched its minister of state for external affairs to Kuwait to assist the Indian embassy there and help repatriate the remains of those killed, the government said in a statement.

The fire swept through a block of flats in Mangaf, south of Kuwait City, on Wednesday. Kuwait’s Interior Minister Sheikh Fahad Al-Yousef Al-Sabah, who visited the site, vowed a “resolute” response to building violations, whereby overcrowding is common in living quarters for poorly paid laborers and safety measures often compromised.  

India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said in a post on X he’d been assured by Kuwait authorities that the incident would be fully investigated.

Those hurt in the fire are being treated in nearby hospitals, state-run KUNA said Wednesday. Kuwaiti officials have said the final death toll could increase.

It’s the highest death toll in a fire since 2009 when a woman set fire to a wedding tent, killing 58 women and children.

(Updates with comment from India’s government starting in first paragraph)

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