AFCONS employee missing after fire

Accommodation block used by AFCONS burns down. | Photo: MVCrisis

Malé, Maldives – An employee of the Indian company AFCONS working on the Villimale Bridge has gone missing after a fire broke out in the accommodation block on Thursday night.

Mohammed Jinan, project manager of the Bridge Office, which was set up by the Planning Ministry to oversee the project, said there was one person missing after the fire.

Police said further searches of the building and surrounding area have been launched as one of the residents of the accommodation block has not been seen since the fire.

The accommodation block that caught fire houses 465 people. More than 70 people were treated for various injuries in the fire. Some people jumped from the building to escape.

Thirteen people were injured in the fire and more than 60 were treated at Treetop Hospital. Treetop said most of the people taken to the hospital had broken limbs. Three of them sustained head injuries while one is in the ICU.

Many of the workers have expressed their dissatisfaction and protested today after the fire incident destroyed all the belongings.

However, the protest was stopped after the company assured them that it would help them, the bridge project office said.