More than 50 houses of Th. Thimarafushi have been damaged due to flooding caused by heavy rain.
Thimarafushi Council President Ismail Ibrahim said it had been raining heavily since 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, which resulted in heavy flooding damaging furniture, goods and electric equipment in more than 50 houses.
He said people from 12 houses had to be evacuated and housed in other homes, as their houses were flooded so much that they were unable to eat or sleep there.
Ismail Ibrahim said they are assessing the damage, and the flooding has not yet subsided completely. The police along with firemen from Thimarafushi Airport and MTCC vehicles have been working to pump the water out.
The island suffers damage due to flooding every year during the South West monsoon, however this year had been the most destructive, he said.
“As this happens every year, we want a more permanent solution from the government, rather than receiving a sum of money for the damage”, Ismail Ibrahim said.
While the island experienced flooding in the Eastern side even previously, the matter worsened when land was reclaimed to build the airport. The reclaimed land stood higher than the natural land in the island, forcing the water to gather in the inhabited area. This causes flooding even if it rains moderately, causing the people of the island huge losses.