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Government awards scholarships to two fire victims

Mariyam Malsa
05 November 2019, MVT 13:26
Higher Education Minister Dr Ibrahim Hassan handing over scholarship funds to the guardian of a student. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Mariyam Malsa
05 November 2019, MVT 13:26

The Ministry of Higher Education, on Monday, awarded scholarships to two students affected by the major blaze which occurred in the capital city of Male' on September 20.

The ministry revealed that one of the students is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at Monash University in Malaysia while the other is undergoing a Masters Degree in Business Administration at Westminster International College.

Higher Education Minister Dr Ibrahim Hassan formally handed over the scholarships to the students' guardians at a function held at the ministry.

The scholarships will cover course fees, living expenses and return tickets to Maldives.

The fire incident which originated from a chemical storage facility in Henveiru ward engulfed 14 houses, six warehouses and claimed a life. As per NDMA, overall financial losses sustained in the fire reach MVR 35 million.

Over 400 individuals were displaced due to the incident, out of which 145 are still lodged at temporary residences.

NDMA disclosed that the government issued MVR 1.1 million to fund the cost of three months' rent for those displaced in the fire, in addition to MVR 1.5 million for food provision.

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