Maldives – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods

Local media in the Maldives are reporting that heavy rain has caused flooding in the northern islands of the country over the last few days.

Floods in Kulhudhuffushi, Maldives, June 2019 – red crescent. Photo: Haa Dhaal Branch of Maldivian Red Crescent

Maldives Independent, quoting National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) sources, said that “some 20 homes on Kulhudhuffushi and 15 homes on Nolhivaram in Haa Dhaal atoll were flooded on Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of four homes on the former island. Residents of two affected homes on Nolhivaram voluntarily relocated.” Strong winds also caused some damage on Maamendhoo island in the southern Gaafu Alifu atoll.

The police, military, local authorities and the Maldives Red Crescent are responding to the situation and providing assistance to displaced families.

Maldivian Red Crescent said, “With the heavy rains that have come over the past week, and the flooding that affected many islands across the country, our volunteers responded, and were there to assist the affected.”

The country has seen a spate of severe weather over the 10 days, and the latest flooding brings the total number of houses damaged to almost 600 since late May.

Maldives Independent said that “77 homes on three islands in Thaa atoll were flooded, 20 homes on Villigili in Gaafu Alifu atoll were flooded, and 441 homes on six islands in Laamu atoll were affected due to flooding” on 30 May, 2019.

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