Maldives Fire: India in Action, Helpline Nos. Issued; 9 Indians Among 10 Dead in Male Lodge Fire

The fire department in Male, the capital of the Maldives, stated on Thursday that nine Indian workers were among the ten persons who perished in the blaze that tore through crowded housing for international workers. The fire service also added that numerous other people were injured.

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According to officials, 10 dead were found on the upper story of a structure that was completely destroyed by the fire, which started in a ground-floor auto repair shop.

A security official told AFP that among the dead were a Bangladeshi and nine Indians.

A fire service representative told AFP, “We have recovered 10 bodies,” adding that it took them nearly four hours to put out the fire.

In response to the tragedy, the Indian High Command in the Maldives released the following statement: “We are extremely grieved by the unfortunate fire incident in Malé which has apparently resulted in loss of life, including that of Indian nationals. The Maldivian government and I are in constant communication.

In a tweet, the Indian High Command provided a list of hotlines.

Political parties in the Maldives have criticised the working conditions for foreigners.

They hail mainly from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and are estimated to make up approximately half of Male’s 250,000 inhabitants.

During the Covid-19 outbreak, when the infection spread three times more quickly among immigrant workers than it did among locals, their subpar living conditions came to light.

The archipelago’s capital, which is primarily known as a posh vacation spot, is one of the world’s densely populated cities.

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