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.
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.
Naseer insisted today that his tweet suggesting that women are among three negative influences that “makes good people bad” was misinterpreted: “Women was used in the context of womanising. It’s about men who has a thirst for women, not women.”
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
The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party has submitted a complaint to the anti-corruption watchdog over the state broadcaster’s live telecast of a ruling party campaign rally.
A young man found unconscious with injuries near the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé on Thursday morning has died while undergoing treatment.
The environment ministry yesterday launched a US$4.2 million Climate Change Adaptation Project to establish eco-tourism facilities to manage protected mangroves and coral reefs in Fuvahmulah and Addu City and generate economic benefits for local communities.
The government has identified several plots of lands in Fuvahmulah to lease or sell for economic development, without consultation with the island’s residents or its council.
Strong winds and heavy rain in southern Addu City and Fuvahmulah Island uprooted trees, damaged farmland and ripped off roofs on Friday.
Ten men have been arrested in Fuvahmulah on suspicion of drugging, blackmailing, and forcing children into prostitution. The underaged girls were reportedly tricked into using drugs, filmed naked, and blackmailed.