Seven Indians among the dead in Malé fire incident

Garage located in M. Niru Fehi, Malé City which burnt down yesterday killing 10 people. | Photo: Mohammed Hayyan

Malé, Maldives – Seven of the ten people killed in the garage fire in M. Niru fehi last night have been confirmed to be Indians.

The Indian High Commission in Maldives tweeted last night that the seven deceased belonged to India.

The High Commission added that it is in talks with the families of the deceased. However, the commission is still working to determine who one of them is.

Earlier, the commission said High Commissioner Munu Mahawar had met the people who had been evacuated to temporary shelters. The High Commissioner assured them that he would provide all possible assistance.

At the same time, the commission thanked the government agencies, NGOs and the general public for their assistance to the people in the temporary shelters.

According to the information received so far, the dead included people of both sexes. They include people from India and Bangladesh.

The incident occurred in a building with a garage on the ground floor and residential rooms on the upper floor. There were 38 foreigners living in the building and each of their beds had gas cylinders for cooking.

A total of 28 people have been rescued from the building, a few of whom are currently under the care of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).