Strong winds and heavy rain in southern Addu City and Fuvahmulah Island uprooted trees, damaged farmland and ripped off roofs on Friday.
The Maldives is stepping up efforts to address beach erosion this year with projects worth MVR313million (US$20million) ongoing in some 16 islands, a fraction of the number of islands that require urgent shore protection measures.
Tidal swells hit the eastern waterfront of Malé around 11:30pm last night, flooding the outer road and cafés and restaurants in the carnival area with water up to one and a half feet.
The ‘Maldives National Climate Change Policy Framework’ was unveiled today, outlining strategies for achieving sustainable financing, low emission development, adaptation, capacity building and leading advocacy at climate change negotiations, and fostering sustainable development.
A new study has confirmed the presence of oil and gas in the Maldives, but it is not yet clear if fossil fuel extraction is economically viable, Fisheries Minister Mohamed Shainee has said.
On Maafushi, the island that pioneered guesthouse tourism, business is booming. But today, guesthouse owners worry severe beach erosion may drive tourists away.