Police and EPA investigate Sandbank Destruction

Trench dug in sandbank between Gili Lankanfushi Resort and K. Himmafushi by the luxury resort staffs to deliberately destroy the sandbank allegedly because locals from Himmafushi island were utilizing it for recreation and leisure | Photo: EPA

The Environment Ministry in a tweet has addressed the viral video showing the destruction of a sand bank. The video shows some people digging a trench separating a sand bank in two.

In their tweet, the Ministry of Environment informs that EPA Maldives is investigating and issue and that action will be taken against the responsible parties under the Environment Act.

According to local news sources the Maldives Police Service is investigating this incident, and has informed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Maldives. The sandbank is located near the Gili Lankanfushi Resort and K. Himmafushi island, and the destruction was caused allegedly by employees of the luxury resort.

This incident comes to light at a time when there is rising public concern over the regulation that permits resorts to dispose waste directly into the ocean and the Parliament of Maldives is working to amend the regulation.