High tidal waves have severely damaged some islands on Saturday.
The islands damaged by high tidal waves include Fuvahmulah, ADh. Fenfushi, AA. Maalhos, GA. Hoadedhdhoo, S. Hithadhoo, R. Maduvvari, L. Kunahandhoo, Dh. Meedhoo, Dh. Maaenboodhoo, Dh. Bandidhoo, Th. Kinbidhoo, GDh. Nadella. Some other islands are also reportedly experiencing tidal waves.
Fuvahmulah Mayor Abdulla Falaah Shareef told VNews that the island had not suffered from high tidal waves to this extent in the last 15 or 20 years.
The island was flooded near the Cricket Stadium and Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) fire station, while the police station suffered the most damage.
Falaah said since the flooding was concentrated on a newly inhabited area of the island, there wasn’t much damage to houses or people, but some items suffered damage.
Speaking to VNews, Fenfushi Council President Shaahid Abdul Raheem said they experienced 6-foot waves around 4:25 p.m. on Saturday.
Shaahid said almost 500 feet of the island suffered from the flooding, including damage to houses. One house’s residents had to be transferred to another house, as the rooms in their house had flooded severely.
Shaahid said the island had never experienced such a severe case of flooding and that it had inspired fear in the hearts of the people. However, island health is generally good and police with the help of the locals are cleaning the island, he said.
He further said the houses near the beach had suffered the most and goods had been damaged. While the council is looking into the damage, the details are not yet clear.
Those who spoke from other islands also stated that the huge waves started coming into the island late noon on Saturday.
South West Monsoon flooding is a usual occurrence in the country.
An official of Maldives Meteorological Service told VNews that the country will experience high tidal waves in the next 24 hours and cautioned people to take steps and be prepared for it.
The official also said high tide was mostly reported by southern atolls, but the northern atolls are experiencing good weather conditions.
Although many islands are suffering huge damage due to flooding, VNews was unable to get a statement from National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC).