It is with great concern we receive the news of yet another fire related tragedy in Malé resulting in the death of at least one person. Our thoughts are with the victim and their family at this distressing time.

While the fire is under control and investigations are still underway, it is believed that the inferno was sparked by a chemical warehouse in the middle of a densely populated residential area in Malé storing a large number of highly flammable chemicals. We urge the authorities to enforce better zoning and safety regulations urgently.

September 21, 2019