National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has disclosed that the tragic fire that broke out inside a house in Maafannu-ward of the congested capital Malé City in the early hours of November 10, damaged a total of six households.
As such, NDMA notes that four households from M. Vaadheege and one household from M. Sandrose received various degrees of damages due to the fire alongside the M. Nirufehi, where the fire broke out.
NDMA states that they have provided five households with 15 days of temporary shelter, while they were looking for other places to rent. NDMA provided the families with two months advance payment and one month rent for their new apartment.
NDMA stated that no family from Nirufehi is under their temporary shelter.
Nine foreigners who were living in Nirufehi were aided by the Red Crescent of Maldives, in restarting their normal lives.
NDMA states that damage assessment of the household effected by the incident has been completed with the help of the Ministry of National Planning Housing and Infrastructure. The Authority states work on the assessment report is that currently ongoing.
The Maldives Police Service (MPS) earlier confirmed that the bodies of the 10 victims of the tragic fire incident of M. Nirufehi has been returned to their home countries.
MPS disclosed that the victims include eight Indians and two Bangladeshi nationals. The eight Indian victims included three women and five men, while the Bangladeshi nationals were a woman and a man.
The High Commission of India in the Maldives on November 17, revealed that the bodies of eight Indian victims of the incident were repatriated to India.
MPS on November 20, confirmed that the bodies of the two Bangladeshi nationals have also been repatriated to their home country.
A person who was injured in the fire incident is still receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH).
On November 15, while cleaning the site of the incident, a feet of a person was found from the site. MPS are yet to identify whose feet it is.
The Police says that investigations of the incident is ongoing.
In a press conference on earlier, Inspector of Police Mohamed Samih revealed that findings so far indicate that the fire originated inside the garage, that was being operated illegally and without the required permit from authorities.
The fire is to have broken out in two floors, with 26 people inside the building at the time around 12:30 am on November 10.
MPS disclosed that it didn’t take long to spread throughout the entire building.
The fire was extinguished by 90 percent, by 03:56am and was completely doused at around 04:34am.