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Maldives: Foreign Minister expresses grief over loss of lives in fire incident
Male: Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid expressed his condolences to the victims of the fire incident in Male.
Taking to Twitter, Shahid said, "Deeply saddened by the news of a tragic fire in Male', that has taken the lives of 10 expatriate workers and affected several families. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and affected. A full investigation is underway." Earlier, the Indian High Commission condoled the loss of lives after 11 people died in the fire incident in the Maldives capital Male, including 8 Indian nationals.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic fire incident in Male which has caused loss of lives, including reportedly of Indian nationals. We are in close contact with the Maldivian authorities," Indian High Commission tweeted.
Earlier today, a fire erupted at a garage in M. Nirufehige in the Maldives where 11 people lost their lives.
Police received reports regarding the incident at 12:17 am (local time) while Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) was informed regarding the incident at around 12:30 am (local time). Fire and Rescue teams reached the spot by 12:33 am (local time) and the fire was completely contained by 4:34 am (local time). The cause of the fire is still not known.
According to authorities, 11 people died in the fire incident. Eight of the deceased were Indian nationals while one person was from Bangladesh, AVAS reported. The nationalities of two other victims remain unknown so far. The sources revealed that some of the deceased people were trapped in their rooms and bathrooms, the report said.
IGMH Media Coordinator Hawwa Afeef told AVAS that one of two people who were taken to the hospital for treatment had died. The second man is in critical condition and is being given medical treatment. The hospital did not reveal further details regarding the two men who were taken to the hospital.
The hospital confirmed that 10 bodies were found in the building. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is assisting the victims and the people who have been evacuated from nearby buildings. The NDMA has created a temporary centre at Maafannu Stadium to assist the victims of the fire.
Ibrahim Rasheed, Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)'s Fire and Rescue Service Commander, said that the incident happened in a building where a large number of Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi migrant workers lived, as per the report.
MNDF confirmed that the bodies of 10 of the 11 deceased were recovered from the building. Ibrahim Rasheed further stated that it is difficult to identify the gender of the deceased. (ANI)