Complex Emergency – India ocean – Maldives

EDIS Number: CE-20120408-34814-MDV
Date / time: 08/04/2012 17:38:32 [UTC]
Event: Complex Emergency
Area: India ocean
Country: Maldives
Location: [Statewide]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate


National Disaster Management Centre has stated that 55 islands throughout the nation have been faced with severe water shortage due to the recent drought. Director of the Centre Hisaan Hassan said today that many islands have experienced shortage of water since the Tsunami hit the nation in 2004. However, so far 55 islands have reported water shortages to the centre so far this year. Hisaan further revealed that efforts are underway to provide drinking water for the crisis hit islands following reports. To that end the whole of Addu Atoll and some islands of Raa Atoll and Baa Atoll have been supplied with clean drinking water. “Drinking water of some islands has been contaminated due to the Tsunami. We have continually provided water to such islands. But due to the prolonged drought many islands have been hit with the water crisis,” Hisaan added. Hisaan said that water was being provided to some islands by using water plants located in the islands. The operation is being conducted in collaboration with the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF). MNDF said that water was being provided to most islands from Haa Alif Atoll to Lhaviyani Atoll. Official from MNDF revealed that when the information is received from the Disaster Management Centre of an island with a water shortage, an MNDF vessel is dispatched loaded with water from the Centre. “We don’t have the means to produce water. Hence we travel to the islands and fill up the tanks using pipes with the water provided to us from the Centre. We have now provided water to Addu and some islands in the south,” official said. Around this time every year, many islands are faced with similar severe water shortages.

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