Maldives begins experiencing severe weather nearing south west monsoon

  • "Hulhangu" monsoon begins in mid-May
  • Some regions of Malé are prone to heavy flooding with the slightest bit of rain

Zunana Zalif

K. Male' 2019 May 23 | Thu 18:22 2,600 local

Officers of the MNDF began work to drain flood water on Thursday afternoon - Maldives National Defense Force

Following the nearing of south west monsoon in the Maldives, the country has begun experiencing severe weather conditions.

As such, consistent and heavy rain showers began pouring over different regions of the country on Wednesday night.

Continuous rain caused some streets of the capital Malé city to flood, following which officers of the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) began draining the flood water on Thursday afternoon.

Some of the flood-prone regions in the capital include the area near Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital, West Park region, the region near the running track as well as Ameenee Magu.

While flooding even with the slightest bit of rain has been a rising issue over the past years, the government is yet to provide a solution for it.

Maldives Meteorological Service has predicted heavy rain showers and thunderstorms over the country for a week.

Although the department is yet to officially declare it the south west monsoon, the “Hulhangu” monsoon season usually falls from June to August and begins as early as mid-May.

Following the turbulent weather, MET further issued a white alert from Haa Alif to Meemu atoll on Thursday.

While this is the second white alert to be issued on Thursday, it will last till 8pm. The first one was issued from Raa to Seenu atolls in the morning till 4pm.

The department also forecast seas to be slight in northern atolls and moderate becoming rough during showers elsewhere.

Gust winds are expected to occur at 35 miles per hour during showers across the country, MET revealed.

Last updated at: 2 months ago | Reviewed by: Aishath Shaany

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