New island discovered in Addu City

A member of Nalafehi Meedhoo on the newly found island in Addu City. Photo: Nalafehi Meedhoo Facebook

Addu City, Maldives – A new island has been discovered in the southern most atoll of the Maldives, now administratively known as Addu City.

Nalafehi Meedhoo, a community NGO working out of Meedhoo, an island of the atoll reported on its Facebook page along with images of the new found island located near South Palm Resort, that it is likely to have formed as a result of the recent tidal waves the country has been experiencing.

“Powerful infra-gravity waves during the stormy South West monsoon has washed the coral debris and aggregates into a beach stone platform. Historically there was a small island here! This only shows dynamics of our reef systems and why we should never turn back against the ocean!” A tweet regarding the post said.

The organization states that the tiny island is 3000 feet in length and just 20-30 ft in width.

The members of Nalafehi Meedhoo have planted some coconut palms and other coastal plants which are likely to survive in the tropical conditions.

So far, the island has not been given a name, and nor has the Ministry of Environment of Maldives commented on the matter.