Maldives – Floods in Addu City After 228 Mm of Rain

Local media in the Maldives are reporting that a torrential downpour lasting around 12 hours has caused the worst flooding in decades in Addu City.

The deputy mayor, Abdulla Thoyyib, as quoted in the Maldives Independent, said: “This is the worst flooding I’ve seen in decades. The water is knee-deep in most areas, and a majority of houses are under a foot of water.”

Initial reports say that over 80 houses have suffered damage, with 50 suffering major damage. Maldives National Defence Forces have set up water pumps to help ease the flooding.

The downpour struck during the afternoon of Tuesday 24 November 2015 and continued for 12 hours. According to local news reports, the Maldives department of meteorology recorded 228mm (almost 9 inches) of rain for the period between 24 to 25 November, 2015. Maldives Independent say this is the worst in 40 years in the Maldives.

Addu City is made up of several inhabited islands of the southernmost atoll of the Maldives archipelago. After the capital Malé, Addu City is the the second most inhabited area of the country with a population of around 30,000 people.

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