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Corpse ferry breakdown sparks concerns

The ferry transporting the deceased from the capital Male to be buried in the reclaimed suburb Hulhumale has been out of service since Friday.

Islamic Ministry said that the ferry is being repaired adding that it would be in operation again by Thursday.

"We are trying to bring the ferry back to operation even before Thursday. The bodies are currently being transported in another MTCC ferry," a ministry official said.

The bodies are currently being transported in a motorcycle ferry, and that has proven to be a challenge as the vehicle ferry is not designed to transport bodies.

As the bike ferry does not have a specialized area to accommodate bodies, people now have to physically hold the bodies during the 20 minute journey to Hulhumale.

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