Over 400 people affected by Henveiru fire

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has stated that over 400 people were affected by Friday night's tragic fire in capital Male'.

NDMA said the authority is providing assistance and support to the victims of the incident.

A temporary shelter has been set up at Kalaafaanu School by NDMA to assist the victims, where local citizens and private companies have offered help, donating food, clothes and other necessities.

At a press conference held by the Defense Ministry on Saturday morning, NDMA's Chief Executive Officer Hisaan Hassan stated that 443 people were registered at the temporary shelter, out of which accommodation has been arranged for 83 people from 13 families. Some families sought shelter at the residences of their relatives, said Hisaan.

"430 people registered themselves at the temporary shelter, out of which 83 people have been guaranteed shelter. All who are registered at the shelter are receiving assistance, and basic necessities such as food, clothes, and bedding have been provided", Hisaan said.

Hisaan revealed that 59 expatriates have been given temporary shelter at the National Stadium, and 60 additional expatriates were released to the care of their employers. NDMA is closely monitoring their condition through communication with relevant bodies, he added.

Friday night's massive fire originated in a chemical warehouse in Abadhahfehi Magu, Henveiru which spread to three other warehouses and six homes in the same area.

MNDF rescued all but one of the resident from the burning buildings - the charred body of the victim, Aishath Shauna was not found until later.