President delays departure to NY following tragic fire in Male’

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (C) observes the fire and rescue operation in Henveyru district of Male' City on September 20, 2019. (Photo/President's Office)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has delayed his departure to New York to attend the UN General Assembly following the tragic fire in Henveyru district in Male’ City which left one dead and hundreds homeless.

President Solih was originally scheduled to depart to NY this Saturday morning, but has delayed his departure to later in the evening.

President’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Hood reported to Sun that the President made his decision to delay his departure in order make some immediate decisions and hold important meetings with officials in connection to the fire incident.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih visits patients hospitalized following the fire in Henveyru district of Male' City on September 20, 2019. (Photo/President's Office)

The fire originated from a chemical storage facility located in H. Thilafushi on Friday, and ended with the destruction of total four chemical storage facilities and six residential buildings.

It was contained near midnight following a four-hour-long battle.

The President had toured the scene of the fire to observe the fire and rescue operations, as well as the hospital and the emergency response coordination center in Kalaafaanu School to visit the people affected.