The weather in Maldives has worsened throughout this week. Met office reports that the worsening weather is related to the storm in Sri Lanka. Widespread rain is predicted across the country.
According to Met office, surface winds are expected to head from west to south-west at 15–25 miles per hour in central and southern atolls and west to north-west at 7–17 miles per hour in northern atolls. In addition, the wind may gust 45 – 50 miles per hour during showers.
Several incidents have occurred due to the worsened weather including cargo boat sinking on the way from Male’ to Taj-Coral Reef resort on Thursday. The Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) reports that the boat sank after running aground on a sandbank near Taj-Coral Reef. Three crewmen who were on board were left uninjured as they were rescued by a speedboat from the resort.
Coast Guard’s Commander, Colonel Mohamed Ibrahim said there have been 14 life-threatening accidents at sea due to the ongoing bad weather.
Heavy rain has also caused flooding in Dhaalu Meedhoo island. Sources report that the rain has not stopped since Wednesday and the flood water now reaches up to the knees level in some areas and has caused damages to houses. According to MNDF’s media officer said they are currently active in the area.
A yellow alert was issued by Met office for torrential rain from 11:45 am to 3:00 pm on Thursday, in the region between Haa Alif and Meemu Atoll.
The worsening weather has also disrupted some flight schedules within the country.
Authorities have been cautioning people not to travel in the current weather condition.