Fire victims housed at local guest houses

A total of 33 people are currently in temporary shelters after the fire in M.Nirufehige, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said.

At least 10 people were killed in a fire in Nirufehige last Wednesday night. A large number of expatriates are believed to have resided at the 10-bedroom accommodation.

According to NDMA Director Farusha Ali Naseer, the victims of the fire including those in surrounding buildings are currently housed at local guest houses. These include 18 locals, 14 Indians, and a Bangladeshi national.

“All these people are under the direct custody of the NDMA,” Farusha said.

The NDMA spent MVR 90,000 on the day of the fire alone to help the fire victims. While three days have passed since the incident, no further significant expenses have been incurred, she said.

"There will be not much added since the latest update. The only expenses incurred would be for the four additional people added to the original 29 victims. We will share the exact figures sometime today," Farusha said.

The cause of the fire has not yet been revealed. While the fire is believed to have broken out at a garage located on the ground floor of the building, several gas cylinders were found at the scene of the fire.