The government has contracted state utilities company Fenaka Corporation to establish a sewerage system in the island of Maamendhoo in Laamu Atoll.
In an event held in the Environment Ministry on Tuesday, the government contracted the Corporation to construct the sewerage system in a period of 18 months with a budget of MVR31 million.
The agreement was signed by Minister of Environment Thoriq Ibrahim and Fenaka Corporation Managing Director Mohamed Nimal.
Speaking to press after the event, Thoriq stated that the development of an island depended on the maintaining of peace and unity in the island, and that the government will keep this in mind when initiating such projects.
He also called on local councils in the islands to cooperate with development projects initiated by the government.
Feneka Corporation Managing Director Mohamed Nimal stated that physical work on the project will begin in the next 14 days and that the project is expected to be completed within the estimated timeframe.
On March 3, the government also contracted the Feneka Corporation to establish sewerage systems in the islands of Burunee and Madifushi in Thaa Atoll.
The Ministry of Environment has on Monday contracted the state enterprise Maldives Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC) to build water and sewerage systems in three islands – Mulah and Dhiggaru in Meemu Atoll and Maamigili in Alif Dhaalu Atoll.
The Environment Ministry stated that the main objective behind contracting the work to MWSC was to bring down the expenses that the state will need to spend on the projects, stating that the move saved 20 percent of the total cost.
The ministry further stated that physical work on the projects is expected to begin within a week from today.
MWSC stated that they have planned to complete the work in a period of 18 months. They further revealed that a total of MVR140 million (US$9 million) is estimated to be spent on the project.
The Centre for Community Health and Disease Control (CCHDC) has allayed fears of an outbreak of diseases in islands affected by flooding caused by heavy rainfall last week.
At a press conference on Sunday, Fathmath Nazla Rafeeq, officer in charge at the CCHDC, said the biggest threat was the spread of diarrhea caused by damaged sewage systems in islands hit hardest by the flooding.
She revealed that there was an outbreak of fever in the island of Kelaa in Haa Alif atoll. The centre has supplied chlorine and medicines to the island in the northernmost atoll, she added.
Nazla also appealed to the public to be wary of the spread of dengue by taking measures to prevent mosquito breeding.
Meanwhile, the Maldives Red Crescent sent teams of volunteers to Haa Alif Hoarafushi, Haa Dhaal Hanimaadhoo and Laamu Gan reportedly to provide information on prevention of communicable diseases and managing hygiene.
The teams will also participate in cleaning up efforts, the Red Crescent said in a press release, including 45 trained volunteers working at Hoarafushi to assess the cost of damages caused by severe flooding.
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.