Met Office issues weather warning, advises against sea travel for next 24 hours

The Maldives Department of Meteorology (Met Office) has issued a ‘yellow warning’ advising the public against travelling by sea where possible, due to concerns about adverse weather conditions expected across the country for at least the next 24 hours.

The notice, posted on the Met Office website, stated that showers and thunderstorms were expected throughout the day – with average wind speeds of between 30 to 37 miles per hour. Stronger winds are also predicted as between Lhaviyani Atoll and Thaa Atoll, according to authorities.

With the Met Office predicting wind speeds could reach up to 55 miles per hour in parts of the country over the next 24 hours, the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) has urged anyone considering sea travel to notify the coastguard before embarking on their journey.

MNDF Spokesperson Colonel Abdul Raheem today told Minivan News that authorities had not been notified of any major incidents at sea resulting from the current weather conditions. However, Colonel Raheem urged everyone travelling by boat to take precautions nonetheless.

“We would ask anyone planning on travelling to check conditions with the coast guard as the sea is rough right now,” he added.

The MNDF Coast Guard has also encouraged members of the public to contact its toll-free number by calling 191 to get more information on suitable times for their journey.

Authorities have previously requested that vessels also contact the coastguard when embarking or returning from longer distance journeys during adverse weather conditions.

Local media reported that the MNDF has asked the public to pay attention to ensure cargo ships carry lighter loads under the current conditions, while checking vessels are equipped with sufficient life jackets and drainage facilities.

Met Office spokesperson Hussein Waheed was not responding to calls from Minivan News at time of press.


3 thoughts on “Met Office issues weather warning, advises against sea travel for next 24 hours”

  1. Goodness gracious!

    Now what has Mordis done, in the month of Ramazan, no less, that caused the Gods to unleash wrath in the form of storms? Eh Imran?

    Historically, all natural events and disasters as we know them today, were attributed to God, unleashing vengeance due to unscrupulous conduct by the towns people. Has this mentality changed now? If so, there goes another wand used by the mullahs to intimidate the gullible.

  2. *ominous resonant undulating baritone* Eggamaai kandugai fasaadha ufedhijje eve, Meesthakun kulha nubai kan kamuge sababunneve! Ei e kulha baeh kanthakuge jazaa ebai meehunah dhehkumahtaka eve! Ei ebai meehun enburi heyomagah rujooa vey tho eve.

    "(Corruption doth appear on land and sea because of (the evil) which men's hands have done, that He may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return.) [Rome: 41].

    And the Lord shall smite the wicked and send them to the fiery pits of the Fire. There the sodomites shall boil and the fornicators shall burn. And they shall have no respite. For when their skins are burnt, they will be exchanged for new ones, that they may suffer eternal torment. Painful indeed is the recompense of the sinners.

  3. This is all because Baagee Waheed gave away the flats to the police.


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