Fainu, Raa atoll

Work begins to assess beach erosion in Fainu

  • Ateam from the environment ministry and EPA launched a survey into the beach erosion of R. Fainu on Monday.
  • Residents of Fainu have complained about coastal erosion on the north side of the island,
  • A resident of the island disclosed that the erosion began during "Iruvai" season

Mariyam Afaaf Adam
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K. Male' 2020 Jan 14 | Tue 13:59 1,709 local

Beach erosion in Fainu , raa atoll - Fainu

A team from the Ministry of Environment and Energy has launched a survey into the beach erosion of Raa atoll, Fainu.

According to the Ministry of Environment and Energy, a team from the ministry and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a survey into the beach erosion of Raa atoll, Fainu on Monday. The ministry revealed that the team has already held discussions with the island's councillor.

The trip comes a time when the residents of Fainu have complained about coastal erosion on the north side of the island, threatening damage to trees older than 200 years old on the beach.

While some of these trees have already fallen, the residents of Fainu have attempted to save the trees by binding them with rope and propping the trees up with sand bags.

Speaking to RaajjeMV regarding the matter, a resident of the island disclosed that the erosion began during "Iruvai" season or the sunny season and that the island has experienced erosion before but this is the first time the island has experienced erosion at such high magnitudes. The island's residents and advocates for environmental protection have been working to bring the issue to the attention of the government, especially via social media.

Last updated at: 2 weeks ago | Reviewed by: Abdulla Naseer Ibrahim

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