An area of Male’s ring road Boduthakurufaanu Magu was closed yesterday after an oil pipeline belonging to the State Electric Company Limited (STELCO) burst.
Six barrels of oil were pumped from the area of the leak, reported Haveeru.
Swimmers at the track have reported oil seeping in the water. According to the Maldives Swimming and Lifestyling School, which spoke to Haveeru, oil has been leaking into the water for almost a year.
“For the past ten days the amount has been very high. No matter how much we wash our swimwear it doesn’t get washed off,” Head of the School Mohamed Shizleen told Haveeru.
“There are some two or three students with rashes around their necks who complain of an oil taste in their throats,” Shizleen said.
Police discovered the body of a 35-year-old woman at the track swimming area in Male’ last night.
Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam told Minivan News that the body was identified and handed over to the family last night.
“According to what we found out, she went out searching for her child,” he said. “It is too early to determine whether the death was a suicide attempt.”
Police went to the area after alarmed swimmers reported a dead body floating at the track.
“We didn’t see any suspicious evidence to indicate that it was a suicide attempt,” said Shiyam.
Those at the swimming track when the body was discovered said that the woman’ slipper was found outside the swimming area and that there were no visible external injuries, and speculated that the woman drowned accidentally.
In May, an 11-year-old boy drowned in the track swimming area after he became entangled in a piece of rope underwater.
The track area is one of the only two swimming areas in the capital, which is used by elderly people as well as children.
There are currently no life guards or other safety measures in the track swimming area.