Swell wave surges triggered by severe weather conditions nationwide have flooded residences and damaged property in Hoarafushi island of Haa Alif atoll.
Speaking to RaajjeMV, the island council’s president, Mohamed Waheed revealed that the island has been experiencing severe flooding due to high tidal waves and that all of the streets southward of the island are deeply flooded. Especially the road where the island’s health center is located.
Highlighting that the council is receiving reports of strong winds ripping off the roofs of some residence, the council president noted that some of the boats and other heavy vessels that were on the island’s beach had drifted back into the ocean. These boats are to have been damaged extensively as well.
Tidal waves caused by the worsening weather conditions had also damaged the island’s highway as well as Hoarafushi Airport in the early hours of Friday.
The island council is currently monitoring the situation and providing assistance to the residents with the support of the youth community on the island. Waheed revealed that the island community is working cooperatively to place sand bags at the entrance of residences in order to control the flooding.
Waheed went on to reveal that they are closely following the instructions and guidance of the parliamentarian representing the constituency currently, in order to monitor the situation efficiently.
Hoarafushi island is among the many islands across the archipelago nation currently experiencing severe spell of bad weather conditions due to southwest monsoon showers and violent winds, due to which the Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS) has been issuing white, yellow and orange alerts continuously.
The department revealed that bad weather is expected throughout the country for the next few days and has also warned of chances formations brewing in the Arabian Sea, churning storms over the Maldives.
Most recently the department issued an orange alert effective until 5:15pm from the regions between Haa Alif and Lhaviyani atolls, as well as a yellow alert effective between the regions of Kaafu and Vaavu atolls from 3:30pm to 8:30pm.