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No reports of any Maldivians injured in Sri Lanka blasts: Ambassador

Fathmath Shaahunaz
21 April 2019, MVT 17:32
Sri Lankan hospital workers transport a body on a trolley at a hospital morgue following an explosion at a church in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. - A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing nearly 160 people, including dozens of foreigners. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP)
Fathmath Shaahunaz
21 April 2019, MVT 17:32

There have not been any reports of Maldivians injured or affected in the string of explosions that rocked Sri Lanka on Sunday, declared Maldivian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Omar Abdul Razzaq.

The death toll from the bomb blasts currently number over 200, and more than 450 people were injured. While six explosions occurred early Sunday in three churches and three hotels in and around Sri Lankan capital Colombo, two more blasts took place in the afternoon, in another hotel and a housing complex.

Some of the locations where the explosions occurred are frequented by Maldivians. Approximately 10,000 Maldivians currently reside in Sri Lanka for education or medical purposes.

Regarding the attacks, Ambassador Razzaq told local media Mihaaru that the embassy was closely monitoring the situation and assured that Maldivians were safe. He noted that the embassy has warned Maldivians living in Sri Lanka to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary to go out.

The ambassador further reassured that the embassy was individually contacting Maldivians to check on them.

The embassy has also established a hotline for anyone who needs assistance.

Following the explosions, the Sri Lankan government has closed down schools and colleges for the next two days, and imposed an indefinite curfew.