President Solih checks on the residents of Addu and Fuvahmulah

President checks on residents of Addu and Fuvahmulah cities in the wake of severe weather. | Photo: Presidents Office.

Addu City, Maldives —The President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has checked on the residents of Addu and Fuvahmulah city following the heavy downpours, which left many parts of the cities inundated.

President Solih made two separate calls on Monday evening to the Mayor of Addu City, Abdulla Sodiq and the Mayor of Fuvahmulah City, Abdulla Falah to inquire about the severity of the storm and the damages that were caused by the torrential rains, high winds and ensuing flooding over the past two days.

The President also inquired about the current state of affairs and deliberated with them to ease the difficulties that the residents’ are facing. President Solih assured that the government is working to resolve the challenges the residents of both cities are facing due to severe weather.

Torrential rains, thunderstorms and strong winds during the course of Sunday and the early hours of Monday have left parts of Addu City and Fuvahmulah City with major damages. While a white alert was initially issued by the Maldives Meteorological Center on Sunday, it was later developed into a yellow alert and later on escalated to an orange alert in the southernmost atolls.

Among the damages sustained by the city include uprooted trees, broken branches, as well as damage to homes such as destroyed roofs from various districts.

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.