The Japanese government donated medical equipment to the Maldives.
At a meeting held today in Ministry of Health, medical equipment worth 40 Million Maldivian Rufiyaa was agreed to be donated to the Health Sector of Maldives by the Government of Japan. The relevant documents were signed by Mr. Abe Masamichi (Counselor) from Embassy of Japan and Dr. Mohamed Shaafiee Abdul Munim, (Deputy Minister) from the Ministry of Health.
The equipment scheduled to be delivered in 2019 is planned to be distributed to IGMH and Atoll Health Facilities.
The Government of Maldives has issued a statement in response to the EU Parliament resolution passed today, on the situation in the Maldives.
The statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads as follows:
"The Government of Maldives notes the EU Parliament resolution on the Situation in the Maldives. (2018/2630(RSP)
- On the 1st of February 2018, by way of Court Order No. 2018/SC-SJ/01, the Supreme Court of the Maldives made the following judgement:
a. Quashed the Supreme Court Case verdict on Case No: 2017/SC-A/17; b. Declared that the Judicial Service Commission has no mandate over the Supreme Court Justices, overriding Article 159 of the Constitution which empowers the Judicial Services Commission to appoint, investigate complaints against, and give recommendations for dismissal of judges; c. Only the Supreme Court can appoint judges.
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has declared State of Emergency, under Article 253 of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives, for the next 15 days.
The state of emergency was declared by a Presidential Decree (No. 2018/3) issued on 5 February 2018.
Special Envoy of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Minister of Economic Development Hon. Mohamed Saeed has this morning handed over the relief aid from Maldives, to those affected by flooding and landslides across Sri Lanka. The relief aid was handed over to Minister of Disaster Management of Sri Lanka, Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.
Some MVR3million (US$194,550) is required to help more than 300 households in southern Addu City recover from flooding caused by heavy rainfall last week, the city council has said.
The council has donated some MVR200,000 (US$12,970) to the recovery fund, while the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party raised MVR 29,00 (US$1,880) this weekend.
The government is awaiting a report from Finance Minister Abdulla Jihad and is yet to make an estimate of recovery costs.
Southern Addu City has suffered the worst storm damage in 40 years after 12 continuous hours of torrential rain left streets inundated and flooded some 200 households.
“This is the worst flooding I’ve seen in decades. The water is knee-deep in most areas, and a majority of houses are under a foot of water,” saud Abdulla Thoyyib, the deputy mayor.
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has extended his appreciation to the State Trading Organisation (STO), Ooredoo and Ace Aviation Services Maldives for their generous contributions to ‘Male’ Water Crisis Management Fund’.
STO donated USD 100,000, Ooredoo donated USD 75,000 and Ace Aviation Services donated MVR159,000 to the fund.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has assured the Maldives of her Government’s support during the Male’ water crisis. This assurance was extended during a telephone conversation between President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and Prime Minister Hasina, this morning.
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has appealed for the support and cooperation of the Maldivian public in resolving the national crisis, brought on by the fire that broke out at the Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC). The President made this appeal, while speaking at a press conference held this evening at the President’s office, regarding the issue.
In a statement issued today, President Abdulla Yameen Abduul Gayoom has appealed to the Maldivian public to remain patient and united, while working with the Government to resolve the national crisis, brought on by the fire that broke out at the Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC). Additionally, President Yameen reassured the Maldivian people that a steady and adequate supply of bottled water would be made available until the crisis is resolved.
A contract agreement was signed between the Ministry of Environment and Energy and Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) today to design and build coastal protection structure in Kaafu Maafushi . This is among the ten islands identified in 2014 Public Sector Investment Plan (PSIP) projects aimed at coastal protection. Minister of of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim signed the contract on behalf of the Minstry and the Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ibrahim Abdul Razzaq Haleem signed the contract on behalf of MTCC.
A contract agreement was signed between Ministry of Environment and Energy and Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) to design and build coastal protection structures in Kaafu Villingili. This is among the ten islands identified in 2014 Public Sector Investment Plan (PSIP) projects aimed at coastal protection. Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim signed the contract on behalf of the Ministry and the General Manager, Ms. Aishath Suzan Haneef signed the contract on behalf of MTCC.
At a ceremony held today at Raa atoll Maduvvari, Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr.Thoriq Ibrahim initiated the coastal protection work of Raa atoll Maduvvari. In addition to the Minister of Environment, Deputy Minister Mr. Ali Amir, Council President of Maduvvari, Council Members and Managing Director and senior officials of Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) and Parliament Member Mr. Mohamed Ameeth took part in the ceremony.
President Mohamed Nasheed has presented a commemorative plaque to the British Red Cross to mark the completion of their work in the Maldives. The President presented the plaque to the British Red Cross at a meeting held at the President's Office this morning with the Head of Mission Mr Alastair Burnett and some employees of the British Red Cross in the Maldives.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr Burnett said that the British Red Cross was satisfied with their work in the Maldives. He also thanked the government and the people of the Maldives for their support and assistance.
President Nasheed has said that Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies had been instrumental in building Dhuvaafaru as an inhabited island and thanked them for their incredible efforts. The President made the statement speaking at a meeting to officially inaugurate Dhuvaafaru of North Maalhosmadulu Atoll as an inhabited island.
The Chief Advisor of the Government of Bangladesh, Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, has pledged assistance to the Maldives, in the wake of last week's widespread damage caused by tidal waves on many islands. He made the pledge in a telephone conversation with the President yesterday. He called the President after receiving the President's letter of appeal requesting urgent international assistance.
MPND has taken the initiatives on obtaining the data on damage assessment caused by tidal swell that hit many of the islands of the country, together with collecting information on need assessment and effected people.
Concerned ministries and authorities of the government called upon an emergency meeting to discuss on mitigation of the damages in the effected areas caused by tidal swell. And it has been decided to conduct these meetings with in the mandate of NDMC. A majority of MPND staff are involved in these information and data collection process.
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The President has appealed for international support and assistance in helping victims of the unprecedented sea swells, which caused extensive flooding, inflicting damage to homes, livelihoods and infrastructure in many parts of the country since the 15th of this month.
In a letter to world leaders and international organisations appealing for assistance, the President noted that apart from the 2004 Tsunami, never in the country's recorded history had so many islands faced flooding simultaneously.