Most of the victims of the fire tragedy in Sudan belonged to Tamil Nadu, Bihar: Indian embassy

JARTUM: The majority of Indian victims hospitalized or reported missing after the mass explosion of LPG tankers in a pottery factory in Sudan belonged to Tamil Nadu and Bihar while authorities try to find out the details of the 18 Indians killed in the tragedy.

The Indian embassy on Tuesday issued a detailed list of Indians who were hospitalized, disappeared or survived the incident in the Bahri area in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, killing 23 people and wounding another 130.

Eighteen Indians were among those who lost their lives in the tragedy. There is currently no information available about their identities.

Seven Indians have been hospitalized, four in critical condition and 16 missing.

Six victims belonged to Tamil Nadu, five from Bihar, four from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, two from Haryana and one from Delhi and Gujarat.

Of those hospitalized, Jai Kumar, Bobalan and Mohd. Saleem are from Tamil Nadu; Ravinder Singh and Surender Kumar come from Rajasthan; Neeraj Kumar of Bihar and Sonu Prasad of Uttar Pradesh.

Of the missing, three are from Tamil Nadu- Rama Krishan, Raj Shekhar and Venkata Chalem-, four from Bihar-Ram Kumar, Amit Tiwari, Hari Nath and Nitish Kumar Mishra-, three from Uttar Pradesh- Zeshan Khan, Mohit and Pradeep. Verama, two from Rajasthan, Bhajan Lal and Jaideep, two from Haryana-Pawan and Pradeep, an Intezar Khan from Delhi and Bahadur from Gujarat.

Some of the missing may be on the list of dead that we still have to receive, since identification is not possible due to burned bodies, the Indian Embassy said in a statement Wednesday.

Expressing his regret for the incident, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said 60 Indians were employed at the factory and 53 of them were present at the factory and in the residential area at the time of the accident.

Unfortunately, we have reports of deaths among Indian workers and we are trying to determine the numbers, he said.

The injured have been admitted to Al-Amal Hospital, Omdurman Teaching Hospital and Ibrahim Malik Hospital.

He said that the Embassy of India in Khartoum is in constant contact with the factory management and that the embassy staff has also been stationed on the site.

We are working with the Sudanese authorities to facilitate the identification of the deceased as soon as possible, he said.

A total of 34 Indians who survived have been housed in the Saloomi Ceramics Factory residence.

According to a statement issued by the Sudanese government, the explosion in a tank truck caused the fire.

Preliminary observations indicate the lack of necessary safety measures and equipment at the factory, in addition to the random storage of flammable materials, he said.

An investigation was initiated, he added.

Meanwhile, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, now on a visit to the United States, expressed his condolences for the victims and said preliminary reports indicate the absence of the necessary security tools.

Random storage of flammable materials contributed to the continuation and expansion of the fire and the destruction of the factory completely, he said in a Washington statement.

The Council of Ministers will form an investigation committee to determine the responsibilities and avoid the recurrence of such unfortunate incidents in the future, said the Sudan Tribune portal.