A massive fire broke out in the houses built for foreign workers in Male today i.e. on Thursday, in which 10 people were burnt alive. 9 Indian workers are among the 10 people who died in this accident, while another deceased was a resident of Bangladesh. It is being told that the fire started in the car repair garage on the ground floor of the building. Some people have also been injured in this incident of fire.
The Indian High Commission in Maldives has condoled this incident of fire in Male, in which a total of 10 people, including 9 Indian nationals, have died. The Indian embassy said that it is in touch with the Maldives government regarding the incident. The High Commission of India has also released the helpline numbers issued to help the victims. A tweet has also come from the Ambassador of India in Maldives and he has also issued a phone number for help.
Maldivian political parties have criticized the conditions for foreign workers. They are believed to make up about half of Male's population of 250,000 and are mostly from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Their poor living conditions were brought to light during the Covid-19 pandemic, when the infection spread three times faster among foreign workers than among locals.