The garage, which first caught fire on the night of November 9, 2022, at Nirufehi house. Photo/Dhauru

Nirufehi fire: MVR 300,000 to affected families

They are contacting the families of the deceased and trying to disburse the funds through the banks, the NGO said.

13 December 2022

By Aminath Shifleen

Local NGO Mission for Migrant Workers Maldives (MMWM) on Monday announced an assistance of MVR 300,000 to the expatriate victims affected by the fire.

A fire broke out in the late hours of 9 November in the ground floor garage of a three-storey house. At least 10 migrant labourers were killed in the fire that broke out in the house, which was home to a large number of migrant workers. Apart from the dead, 13 other migrant workers were also injured in the incident.

The migrant rights organisation in the maldives raised the aid money through a fund-raising campaign conducted by it. According to MMWM:

  • The two-day campaign fetched a total of MVR 300,000

  • MVR 1,72,675 has been disbursed so far to 23 migrant workers who had died and were affected

  • They are contacting the families of the deceased and trying to disburse the rest through the banks, the NGO said

According to MMWM, the money-raising movement received support from several sectors. The organisation thanked the Bank of Maldives, one of their contributors, for its huge support. It also acknowledged the support provided by the Ministry of External Affairs, the High Commission of India and Bangladesh and the National Disaster Management Authrity (NDMA).

The bodies of all the fatal victims have been repatriated to their countries. Eight Indians and two Bangladeshis were killed:

  • Five Indian men and three women

  • A man and a woman from Bangladesh