Telecommunications giant Ooredoo Maldives announced that it will offer free calls and usage of social media apps 'Twitter' and 'Viber' for Ooredoo users on Saturday.
In order to aid ongoing relief efforts in response to late Friday's major fire tragedy in Henveiru ward in capital city Male', Ooredoo users are offered free calls to any domestic number and allowed free of charge data usage for Viber and Twitter to contact people abroad and to easily access public awareness information disseminated through social media.
While 7 houses and 4 chemical storage facilities caught ablaze, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) revealed over 400 people were displaced in the incident.
Affirming that the company stands with the people, Ooredoo stated, "We are deeply saddened by the fire in Malé City last night that lost the life of a beloved member of our community and damaged several homes and warehouses in Henveiru ward".
The company further stated, "We urge everyone to follow authorised information shared by official [Twitter] accounts of National Disaster Management Authority (@NDMAmv), Maldives National Defence Force (@MNDF_Official) and Maldives Red Crescent (@maldivianrc)".
Ooredoo Maldives assured that the company will continue to engage with key stakeholders to offer its support to those impacted by the fire.