Mumbai: The Foreign Ministry (MEA) said that a painful LPG tanker explosion at a ceramic factory in Sudan killed six Indian citizens and underscored that efforts were on to bring back the mortal remains of the deceased in the country.
Ministry spokesperson Raveesh said, “It was an unfortunate incident. 58 Indian workers were working at the factory in Sudan. Six Indian workers were killed in the incident. Eight Indians are in hospitals and 11 are unknown or missing. 33 Indians are safe.”
He said that the families of the deceased have been informed and added that further updates regarding the incident will be shared ahead of time.
“We have informed the families of the deceased. Our Indian embassy is cooperating with the local government. Our ambassadors are visiting the hospital. Efforts are on to bring the mortal remains of six Indians back to India at the earliest,” he said.
According to a report by the news agency Xinhua, according to a statement from the Council of Ministers of Sudan, the gas tanker was unloading its cargo at the factory. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his anguish over the tragedy, while Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said that the Indian Embassy in Sudan has set up a 24-hour emergency hotline.