Addu City, Maldives – Torrential rains, thunderstorms and strong winds during the course of Sunday and the early hours of Monday have left parts of Addu City with major damages.
With weather starting to roughen up around 16:30 of Sunday a white alert was initially issued by the Maldives Meteorological Center, which eventually developed into a yellow alert and later on escalated to an orange alert.
Among the damages sustained by the city include uprooted trees, broken off branches, as well as destroyed roofs of houses from various districts.
With a continuing yellow alert issued until 14:00, Addu City Council has published a list of contact hotlines to approach if assistance is required during this time.
- Addu City Council Hotline – 7905003
- Hithadhoo SSD – 7789042
- Maradhoo SSD – 7789043
- Maradhoo Feydhoo SSD – 7789045
- Feydhoo SSD – 7789044
- Hulhudhoo SSD – 7789046
- Meedhoo SSD – 7789041
Maldives is currently experiencing the rainy monsoon season of Iruvai, also known as the North East Monsoon, which is expected to last until 7th of April. According to the traditional Nakaiy system, which is a weather calendar comprising of a series of thirteen or fourteen day intervals, each which used to be a predictable weather pattern, currently Maldives is going through the Iruvai Nakaiy during which, few showers are expected to occur in central & southern parts of the country while the overall weather is expected to be fine with clear blue skies. However, if storms occur they may end up being severe according to the Nakaiy system.
While the system has become less reliable over the years due to the increasing changed to the climate, the system is still used by the locals to predict weather.