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Maldives: 9 Indians among 10 workers killed in Maldives fire

Maldives: On Thursday, At least 10 people were killed and several others injured after a fire broke out at the homes of foreign workers in the Maldivian capital Male.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Maldives: On Thursday, At least 10 people were killed and several others injured after a fire broke out at the homes of foreign workers in the Maldivian capital Male.

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Officials said a total of 10 bodies were recovered from the top floor of a building destroyed in the fire, which originated from a ground floor vehicle repair garage.

“We have found 10 bodies,” a fire service official said. It took nearly four hours to douse the fire. A security official said nine Indians and a Bangladeshi national were among the dead. Maldivian political parties have criticized the conditions for foreign workers.

The Indian Embassy in Maldives has expressed deep grief over the accident. The Indian High Commission in Maldives tweeted from the official Twitter account, writing, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic fire incident in Male, which has reportedly claimed the lives of several people including Indian citizens. We are in close contact with the Maldivian authorities. For any assistance, HCI can be contacted on the following numbers: +9607361452; +9607790701”

Foreign workers are said to make up about half of Male’s 250,000-strong population and mostly hail from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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