Maldives: Fire - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRMV003 EPoA update n° 2

Situation Report
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Description of the disaster

A fire broke out on 20 September 2019 in a residential area of the Maldives capital, Male’ city. Maldivian Red Crescent (MRC) worked with other first responders on the scene including Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), MNDF Fire and Rescue Services (MNDF FRS) and Maldives Police Service (MPS). MRC assisted with guiding people to safety following evacuations, provided first aid to affected and transported the more seriously injured to the hospitals.

According to the Maldives National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), over 700 people (450 males and 336 females) were affected, including over 100 migrant workers. The fire also displaced more than 300 people with one casualty, a 46-year-old woman. Additionally, varying degrees of damage were sustained to 24 surrounding buildings, of which 8 were declared uninhabitable and has been demolished.

Summary of current response

Overview of Host National Society

MRC responded to the immediate needs of the emergency with the relevant authorities by supporting safe transport to temporary shelters once people were evacuated from the fire site, providing first aid for 34 affected people, psychosocial support for 145 affected people and shelter management since MRC is legally mandated to provide humanitarian services, especially in emergencies. MRC also supported by distributing relief items such as clothes, toiletries and essential items to over 500 affected people in NMDA’s relief collection centre. Thereafter, a psychosocial support helpline was set up and run by MRC volunteers to help support people affected by the fire.