Viral fever, dengue, common cold, and diarrhoea is spreading across the Maldives at an alarming rate, the health protection agency (HPA) has warned.
In a health alert issued yesterday (September 12), the agency revealed that 2,000 cases of common cold, 500 cases of diarrhoea, 800 cases of viral fever, and 500 cases of dengue fever were reported across the country during the past week.
The HPA cautioned that common cold and viral fever were highly contagious diseases and advised those affected to drink lots of liquids.
The agency also advised taking precautionary measures to prevent breeding of mosquitos during rainy weather.
The Centre for Community Health and Disease Control (CCHDC) has warned of a potential outbreak of diseases caused by heavy rainfall across the country.
In a press statement today, the CCHDC said the present climate and heavy rainfall posed risks of diseases such as diarrhoea spreading in the islands.
Meanwhile, newspaper Haveeru
reported today that two junctions burst open in Haa Dhaal Hanimadhoo, spreading waste and feces into the island. Heavy rainfall that began at 5:00pm yesterday reportedly lasted nonstop till 4:00am, inundating 85 percent of the island with three feet of water.
Hanimaadhoo Council Chair Abdul Salam said 12 homes were flooded and household items were damaged by the rain.
Joint efforts were still underway from last night by police, the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and islanders to pump water, he said.
MP for Haa Alif Kelaa, Dr Abdulla Mausoom, meanwhile tweeted today that flooding has also been reported from Kelaa, Filladhoo, Ihavandhoo and Baarah.
President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik visited Hoarafushi in Haa Alif today, which suffered the heaviest damage due to flooding.