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05 Dec 2017 description

A bout of extreme weather during the weekend caused damage to households and property in 62 islands across the Maldives.

Heavy rainfall caused flooding on 36 islands, strong winds tore off roofs and felled trees on 22 islands, and swells were reported from four islands, the National Disaster Management Centre told local media.

The flooding did not cause extensive damage in any of the affected households, according to the NDMC, but residents of three homes on the island of Hinnavaru and one on Naifaru in the northern Lhaviyani atoll were temporarily relocated.

19 Oct 2017 description

The Inter-Parliamentary Union has expressed concern over human rights violation against opposition lawmakers in the Maldives.

In a press statement
Wednesday, the global organisation of national parliaments called for a fact-finding mission by its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and noted appreciation for an offer made by the Maldivian authorities to grant a visit in the near future.

02 Oct 2017 description

Over 500 school children and nearly 100 teachers and administration staff of Gaafu Alif Atoll Education Centre in Villingili island have been undergoing an intense tsunami education and awareness programme, culminating in a tsunami evacuation drill today.

In an island that was devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, school children learned through educational activities how to recognize warning signs, respond and prepare for a tsunami. Many of them were born after the great tsunami but the memories that their parents and grandparents carry are still vivid.

18 Aug 2017 description

August 18, 2017, Malé - A UNDP-supported project set to transform water security in the outer islands of the Maldives has moved one step closer to implementation this past week, with a meeting of key stakeholders and a special function attended by the Minister of Environment and Energy, Minister of State for Environment and Energy, and UNDP Resident Representative.

28 Jul 2017 description

SG/SM/18629

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is concerned about recent developments in Maldives with the gradual erosion of basic democratic norms and principles in the country. He calls on the Government to uphold the constitutionally guaranteed rights of speech and assembly.

The Secretary-General urges the Government to refrain from all acts that result in the harassment and intimidation of Members of Parliament, political parties, civil society and the media.

27 Jul 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 26 2017 (IPS) - The Maldives, one of the world’s low-lying, small island developing states (SIDS) — threatened with extinction because of a sea-level rise– is shoring up its coastal defences in anticipation of the impending calamity.

And it is seeking international support for its very survival.—at a time when most Western nations are either cutting down on development aid or diverting funds to boost domestic security.

12 Jul 2017 description

Ibrahim Adam Fulhu points at an eroded area where a farm once stood. Now there is just a collapsed tree and its broken branches.

“This is nature, and we are powerless against it.”

Ibrahim is a member of the village council in Maabaidhoo Island, a community that was severely affected by the 2004 tsunami in the Maldives. "Every time a wave sweeps in, it expands the eroded area,” he laments.

The Maldives is the lowest lying country in the world. It is formed by a chain of 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean, and home to nearly 400.000 people.

30 Jun 2017 description

Songdo, 30 June 2017 – Achim Steiner, United Nations Development Programme Administrator, said the Maldives will benefit from the current transfer of GCF funds to an adaptation project run by the UNDP.

While surrounded by water, many people in the outer islands of the Maldives suffer from recurring water supply emergencies. Variable rainfall patterns and increasing salinization caused by rising sea levels have led to a dearth of drinking water.

04 Jun 2017 description

Torrential rain and strong winds caused damages in 14 islands as a bout of bad weather continues to wreak havoc across the Maldives.

Fathmath Thasneem, head of the National Disaster Management Centre, told the press Thursday that the worst affected islands during the past 24 hours were Nilandhoo in the south-central Faafu atoll and Thinadhoo in the southern Gaafu Dhaal atoll.

25 May 2017 description

Heavy rainfall and strong winds have damaged agriculture fields on the island of Thoddoo in Alif Alif atoll, the country’s largest producer of watermelon.

Farmers on Thoddoo traditionally step up production ahead of the fasting month of Ramadan, which is expected to begin Saturday. Watermelon juice is a popular item for the fast-breaking meal and demand peaks in Malé during Ramadan.

Nooh Moosa, information officer of the Thoddoo island council, told the Maldives Independent that several fields were destroyed after heavy downpours on Sunday.

23 May 2017 description

Some 18 people were forced out of their home Sunday night when a wall fell on their roof after Malé was buffeted by strong winds.

Parts of a brick wall from the Sosun Flower house in the Henveiru ward of the capital, which was damaged in a fire in December, fell on the Sosun Meade house next door and damaged the roof, according to National Disaster Management Center.

19 May 2017 description

By Mohamed Saif Fathih

Torrential rain, thunderstorms, and rough seas have been wreaking havoc across the Maldives with the onset of the south-west monsoon.

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, according to the Maldives National Defence Force.

16 May 2017 description

Businesses and households in Malé have been struggling to buy drinking water for the past five weeks amid an acute shortage caused by a fall in production coupled with high demand during the dry season.

In an announcement Tuesday, the economic development ministry urged shops not to sell the locally produced bottled mineral water at inflated prices. The price of a case has reportedly increased by up to MVR10 (US$0.60) in some corner shops.

12 May 2017 description

Project will deliver safe and secure freshwater to 105,000 people in the islands of Maldives in the face of climate change-induced water shortages

Malé, 7 May 2017 – The Government of Maldives, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have this week formalized a project to support vulnerable Maldivian communities to manage climate change-induced water shortages. The project is funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with co-financing from the Government of Maldives and contribution from UNDP.

10 Apr 2017 description

By Sarah Wade-Apicella

MALÉ, 10 April 2017 – The Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives is working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, seeing it as critical to its wider efforts to make development sustainable and deal with the challenge of climate change.

Making the link between the Sendai Framework, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change is a key factor for the success of all three cornerstones of the ambitious global agenda adopted in 2015 and running through to 2030.

26 Feb 2017 description

By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

The World Health Organization commends Maldives for its unprecedented efforts to eliminate measles. The launch of the Measles and Rubella campaign today is a demonstration of its strong commitment to rid the country of the disease, a major childhood killer globally as well as in WHO South-East Asia Region.

05 Jan 2017 description

The island council of Vilufushi in the south-central Thaa atoll has disputed the government’s claim of providing permanent shelter for families displaced by the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Speaking at a ceremony held Monday night to mark the 12th anniversary of the tsunami, Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar said the current administration has completed providing housing for families who lost their homes in the worst natural disaster in recorded Maldivian history.

12 Oct 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

MALE, Maldives – The Maldives has seen a stunning 90 per cent plunge in its maternal death rate over the last 25 years, the largest such drop in the world over this time period, according to joint United Nations estimates.

In 1990, out of every 100,000 live births, 677 women died of pregnancy-related causes. Last year, that number was 68, according to the UN’s Trends in Maternal Mortality report.

10 Oct 2016 description

Two former commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) have filed a case at the UN to investigate reprisals against human rights defenders in the Maldives.

The petitioners Ahmed Tholal and Jeehan Mahmood were towards the end of their term the HRCM when they were prosecuted by the Supreme Court on charges of treason for submitting data to the UN about the lack of independence of the judiciary, its politicization and a host of other human rights infractions.

01 Aug 2016 description

The entire land area of the country is 300 square km of which some 4 000 hectares are considered arable. Virtually no cereals are produced, therefore, the population, estimated at 369 810 (FAOSTAT, 2016), is heavily dependent on imports to meet the cereal food consumption needs. Cereal imports in the 2016 are forecast at 57 500 tonnes (including 26 000 tonnes of rice and about 31 500 tonnes of wheat), some 12 percent above the high level of the previous year, mainly as a result of strong domestic demand.