Garage fire: Seven of the deceased confirmed Indian

Emergency workers transport dead bodies to ambulance from M. Nirufehi, the scene of a deadly fire that claimed 10 lives. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Hayyan)

Seven of the deceased from the 10 in the fire which broke out at M. Nirufehi, in Male’ City on early Thursday morning have been confirmed as Indian nationals.

Via a tweet, the High Commission of India in the Maldives (HCIM) said that local authorities have informed them that seven of the deceased were Indian nationals.

HCIM further stated that efforts to establish the identity of the one the deceased were presently still underway.

They also noted that they were in contact with the families of the deceased.

In an earlier tweet, HCIM said that High Commissioner Munu Mahawar had met with the victims of the fire that has been located to temporary shelter, during which he assured to provide them with all possible assistance they may require.

They also thanked the Maldivian authorities, NGOs and the general public who have been providing necessary support for the victims.

As per the latest information, the deceased in the fire include people of both genders who are Indian and Bangladeshi nationals.

The fire broke out in a car repair garage in M. Nirufehi, located near the Maaveyo Mosque, around 12:30 am. The garage is located on the ground floor, while the first-floor houses cramped living quarters for migrant workers – the only ventilation – a single window. Authorities state that cooking gas cylinders were next to each bed, where the migrants slept.

The quarters housed migrant workers from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

10 people died, while one, identified as a Bangladeshi national, is in critical condition.

As per the authorities, the migrant quarters had housed at least 38 people, and there were cooking gas cylinders placed next to each bed. 28 were rescued, of which nine remain under NDMA’s care; six women and three men.