Sea swells flood over 20 Maldives islands causing major damage

Flooding due to sea swells in Th. Kinbidhoo | Photo: Kinbidhoo Island Council

Malé, Maldives – National Disaster Management Authority of Maldives on Saturday stated that over 20 Maldive islands had been affected by yesterday’s sea swells.

With the met office declaring white and yellow alerts to atolls since yesterday, the weather has worsened and sea swells swept across 20 inhabited islands displacing 40 families.

Starting yesterday afternoon, atolls across the island nation are reporting varying degrees of damage with one fatality reported from ADh. Fenfushi.

NDMA reports that islands in GDh. Atoll, Th. Atoll and Addu City suffered the most damaged according to the most recent data.

The island reporting the highest degree of damage includes GDh. Madaveli with 17 families displaced and 40 homes affected and GDh. Rathafandhoo with 90 homes damaged.

Th. Thimarafushi is also reporting major damages with 30 families displaced. Th. Madifushi reports damages to 40 homes while Th. Kinbidhoo reports that sea water entered 90 percent of the homes.

Addu City’s Maradhoo and Maradhoo-Feydhoo district is reporting the most damages while L. Maavah, L. Maabaidhoo, ADh. Fenfushi and ADh. Dhidhoo suffered damages.

While met office had warned of waves ranging from 5 to 8 ft, major structural and industrial damages were also reported from the atolls.

The Addu City Hankede bridge construction project suffered irreversible damages while Thaa Atoll reports damages to some islands’ sewerage systems. Atolls are also reporting crop loss due to flooding in agricultural areas and islands.