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MFDA: No acidic content in rainwater following major fire

Mariyam Malsa
22 September 2019, MVT 15:15
Heavy rainfall in the capital city of Male' during May 2019. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
22 September 2019, MVT 15:15

Maldives Food and Drug Authority (MFDA), on Sunday, assured that there were no traces of acid in rainwater samples collected following the major fire incident that broke out in Henveiru ward of capital city Male' on Friday.

An MFDA official spoke to local media outlet Mihaaru, disclosing that no acidity was detected in samples collected from the site of the incident or from elsewhere in the capital.

The tests were conducted in response to public concerns of contaminated rainwater as a result of Friday's blaze.

The fire which resulted in one death and the displacement of over 400 individuals originated from a 3-storey chemical storage facility, constructed from metal roofing sheets.

While no institutions have yet disclosed a detailed assessment on the damages caused, Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) revealed late Friday that 7 houses and 4 chemical storage facilities caught ablaze. One of the flame-engulfed buildings collapsed as the fire weakened its structure.

In the wake of the incident, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih instructed all relevant authorities to immediately commence relocating all chemical storages to safe and isolated locations away from residential areas.

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