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Thoddoo fields damaged by heavy rainfall

“These damages came as the farmers were preparing for Ramadan. Now, this brings unprecedented losses to them. The estimated loss is currently more than MVR1 million (US$64,850),” said the Thoddoo council’s information officer.

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Family displaced in Malé as bad weather continues

Several other incidents on land and at sea have been reported across the Maldives as a bout of bad weather with the onset of the south-west monsoon continues unabated.

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Bad weather wreaks havoc across Maldives

On Wednesday night, a tornado struck the southernmost atoll, damaging 12 homes in the Hithadhoo ward of Addu City. The roofs were blown off nine homes and two trees fell on the roofs of three houses when the tornado hit around 10:30 pm.

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Government seizes island leased for coral reef research

The government has moved to take back an island lease to Professor Hassan Ugail’s Korallion Lab for use as a marine station to conduct research on coral reefs.

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Arson suspected as fires destroy wetlands in Fuvahmulah

Two fires have destroyed a wetland area equal to 35 football pitches on the southern island of Fuvahmulah. Islanders said they suspect the fires were started deliberately.

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On Fuvahmulah’s blackened beach, workers begin cleanup of tonnes of dumped rock pieces by hand

Workers are combing Fuvahmulah’s beach by hand in an effort to clean up several thousand tonnes of aggregate dumped on the island’s reef in a historic environmental disaster, as the EPA remains tightlipped on the extent of the damage.

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Waste management corporation begins garbage collection in Malé

The state-owned Waste Management Corporation began collecting garbage from households in Malé this week as part of a broader effort to establish a waste management network in the capital.

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Man fined US$7,000 for caging protected bird species

The Environment Protection Agency has fined a Maldivian man MVR111,500 (US$7,200) for capturing and keeping protected birds in his backyard. The hefty fine is the first imposed by the EPA for caging protected bird species.

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Ruling party holds tea party to celebrate reef blasting

Government supporters on the southern island of Meedhoo gathered last Friday to celebrate the controlled destruction of the island’s reef to clear an oceanside channel in spite of environmental concerns.

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Environment agency under fire for approving plan to blast reefs

The EPA approved reef blasting between the islands of Meedhoo and Ismahelahera in Addu Atoll on November 9, after it came under pressure from the government, according to informed sources.

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Light earthquake strikes 300km east of Maldives

Three people from the northern island of Naifaru in Lhaviyani atoll reported feeling tremors after the quake struck around 3:30am. The magnitude 4.9 earthquake was not powerful enough to cause a tsunami.

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Environment agency proposes record MVR633million fine for reef damage

The environmental regulator has proposed a record fine of MVR633million (US$45million) on a Vietnamese shipping company for causing damage to a reef in the Maldives

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Police seize turtle shells, red corals

Catching or killing of sea turtle species, as well as the importation and sale of turtles and turtle products, have been banned in the Maldives since 1995. The removal and sale of corals were also prohibited by the 1995 fisheries law.

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EPA assesses damage to Fuvahmulah reef from grounded ship

The Environment Protection Agency is assessing the damage caused to the Fuvahmulah reef after a Vietnamese cargo ship ran aground on the southern island’s lagoon.

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Police to investigate illegal shark finning at Kulhudhuffushi

The investigation was launched after images of dried shark fins kept to be smoked in the sun surfaced on the social media

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Airport project on protected island alarms environmentalists

Environmental groups say construction of an airport on the “unique and rare” island of Dhigulaabadhoo in southern Gaaf Dhaal Atoll would lead to biodiversity loss.

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Can Maldives reefs recover from El Nino?

Environmentalists say Maldives reefs may not bounce back from this year’s El Nino as fast as the government expects because of human stressors, such as dredging and land reclamation.

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