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Torrential rain and tidal waves forecast for central Maldives

The Met Department has issued a severe weather warning for central Maldives, forecasting torrential rain, severe thunderstorms and swell waves for the stretch of atolls between Lhaviyani and Meemu Atolls for the next seven days.

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Maldives signs historic climate change agreement

The Maldives signed the historic Paris climate change agreement on Friday, urging big polluters to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Crew of sinking cargo boat rescued at sea

The coastguard rescued four crew members Friday afternoon from a cargo boat that sank en route from Malé to the southern island of Feeali in Faafu atoll.

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Eco-label suspended for Maldives yellowfin tuna

The suspension of the Marine Stewardship Council’s eco-label was based on by an assessment of yellowfin tuna stocks by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s scientific committee, which “showed significant declines as a result of overfishing and relatively low reproduction levels.”

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Airport bridge will not cause lasting damage to Malé’s surf point, says minister

The construction of a bridge between Malé and Hulhulé poses no threat to the city’s surf point at Varunulaa Raalhugandu, Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muizz said today, assuring surfers that they would be able to surf there once the project is completed in 2018.

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Heavy rainfall causes flooding at airport

Heavy rainfall over the weekend caused flooding at the Maldives’ main airport and sewer overflows in the capital Malé.

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45 islands out of water amidst record heat

Some 45 islands have reported a water shortage amidst record breaking warm weather. The meteorology department said the Maldives is experiencing its hottest dry season in 18 years.

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New artificial beach closed to swimmers after sewage pipe bursts

The recently opened ‘Rasfannu’ artificial beach in Malé’s west coast has been closed to swimmers after an underwater sewage pipe in the area burst open.

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Government cancels auction of protected islands in UNESCO biosphere reserve

The fisheries ministry is cancelling auctions of four protected islands in the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere reserve following a social media outcry.

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More than 20 islands already facing water shortages

More than 20 islands across the Maldives are already facing water shortages, according to the National Disaster Management Centre.

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Europe bank offers Maldives €45 million loan for sustainable energy project

The government has obtained a €45 million loan from the European Investment Bank to finance renewable energy projects and upgrade electricity networks in the atolls.

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New artificial beach is a ‘health hazard,’ says youth group

The Dhi Youth Movement has warned that sewage outflow and medical waste from the nearby Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital disposed near the new west coast artificial beach pose serious dangers to swimmers. A snorkelling team from its cleanup project Damage Control had found an increase in sedimentation and dead corals as well as tubes and medical waste.

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Regulations introduced for connecting renewable energy to power grids

The new net metering regulation will allow residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid. The solar panel owner will be credited for the electricity added to the grid and billed for “net” energy use.

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Two northern islands hit by tidal swells

Ali Shaheem, vice president of the Komandoo island council, told The Maldives Independent that the swells have been continuing since 2:00am. One house was inundated by one and a half feet of water, he said, causing a power outage and forcing a family with three young children to temporarily move to another residence.

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UNDP launches app to report illegal waste dumping

Users from the capital and its suburbs Hulhumalé and Vilimalé can download the ‘MakeMyIsland’ app for free, take a picture, and report littering and unattended waste in public spaces to the concerned authorities, which will attend to the problem and send a notification through email.

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Reef frequented by whale sharks “destroyed” by resort’s excavation work

Excavation work carried out by LUX South Ari Atoll to clear a snorkelling channel on the island’s barrier reef has destroyed live corals, altered the current flow, and escalated the rate of erosion, divers say. It was approved by the tourism ministry after the resort’s proposal was twice rejected by the environment ministry.

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Funding call as Addu struggles with flood recovery

Some MVR3million (US$194,550) is required to help more than 300 households in southern Addu City recover from flood damage, but only MVR200,00 (US$12,970) has been raised so far, the city council has said.

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