A storm has hit Addu causing islands to flood and severely damaging houses and property on several islands.
Addu Atoll Councilor Abdulla Sadiq said that Gan, Maradhu, Maradhufeydhoo and Feydhoo were flooded due to the torrential rain,’’ Sadiq said, adding that Feydhoo was the most severely damaged with almost 600 houses affected.
70 houses in Maradhufeydhoo and 10 houses in Maradhu were also damaged in the flood, according to Sadiq.
“Almost 80 percent of the houses in Feydhoo were damaged, including property, and some are now inadequate for living,’’ said Sadiq. “People have been forced to move to their relatives’ houses.’’
In Maradhufeydhoo all the computers in the island school, the school library and the school office were damaged, Sadiq said.
The weather forecast for the area showed steady rain for the next few days as well, he added.
“We are trying to drain the floodwaters and settle the situation,’’ he said.
Although Gan was also flooded, the island has a good drainage system and the streets will drain automatically, he added.
He also estimated that the damage was set to rise to millions of ruffiya.
Meanwhile, the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Southern Area reported that the airport and airport office of Gan in Addu were damaged, including the computers and some furniture inside the office.
The MNDF is are now active on the flooded islands and trying to drain the floodwaters.
Deputy Director General of the National Meteorological Department Ali Shareef said the whole of the Maldives will experience heavy rain during the next 24 hours.
”North and central Maldives will experience strong winds and heavy rain,” said Shareef, adding that the Addu Atoll would likely be spared the strong winds and heavy rain that would affect other parts of the country.