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People displaced as rough weather tears across Maldives capital

Sosunflower house which got damaged in Sunday night's storm PHOTO:Hussain Waheed/Mihaaru

The National Disaster Management Centre reported that 18 individuals whose houses in capital Male were damaged in the rough weather on Sunday night are now in temporary shelters.

According to the center, a wall of a seven-storey building had fallen onto an adjacent three-storey building, which had caused flooding. The centre noted that the former house’s walls were weakened as the building’s top floor had caught fire last year.

As a precaution to a possible current shortage, State Electric Company (STELCO) has cut all power to the house as well.

Meanwhile, the 18 residents of the two buildings are being kept in guesthouses booked by the Disaster Center. They are expected to be taken back to their houses sometime on Monday.

A billboard fallen on to the road in capital Male due to strong winds and rough weather. PHOTO/SOCIAL MEDIA

A billboard fallen on to the road in capital Male due to strong winds and rough weather. PHOTO/SOCIAL MEDIA

Speaking to Mihaaru, Maldives Police Service’s spokesperson said that Police have been active in various parts of the capital city as trees, billboards and fences fell onto the roads, making it hazardous for the public.

Maldives Meteorological Service reports rainstorms and a few thunderstorms scattered across the country with a few heavy showers in central and northern atolls.

Surface winds are expected to vary from southwest to westerly at 13 – 23 miles per hour in central atolls and 8 – 18 miles per hour elsewhere. Winds may gust 45 miles per hour during showers.

Furthermore, seas are also expected to be rough in central atolls and moderate and rough at times over the rest of the archipelago, according to MET.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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