Human foot found during fire cleanup at Nirufehi

Fire cleanup at M. Nirufehi on November 14, 2022. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Hayyan)

A human foot was found on Tuesday, during cleanup at M. Nirufehi – the scene of a devastating fire last week that killed 10 people.

The fire broke out at M. Nirufehi, located near the Maaveyo Mosque, around 12:30 am Thursday. The ground floor of the building housed a car repair garage - where the fire originated from, while the first and second floors housed cramped accommodation for migrant workers.

The fire killed 10 migrant workers and critically injured one.

A police spokesperson said that the sole of a human foot was found during cleanup and debris clearance efforts at Nirufehi on Tuesday.

No further details have been released.

The spokesperson told Sun it is yet unclear if the foot belongs to one the 10 people confirmed dead in the fire, or another unknown victim.

The fire cleanup work is being carried out by Planning Ministry’s Public Works Services.

The 10 migrant workers killed in the fire have been identified as eight Indians – five males and three females, and two Bangladeshis – a male and a female.

The police are coordinating efforts with the Maldivian Foreign Ministry and the Indian High Commission and the Bangladesh High Commission to transport the bodies of the victims back home to their families.

The bodies of three Indian nationals have been sent back home.