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[11 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

On December 26, 2004, when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit the Maldives, the capital Male did not face substantial damages due to the protective seawall constructed around it by the Japanese. Japan constructed the seawall as a grant after a strange storm surge hit Male in 1987 causing flooding.

The seawall around Male reduced the impact of the 2004 tusnami. Photo: Eagan
Today as several regions of Japan are reeling from an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and a tsunami, with waves rising higher than 10 meters in some areas, our thoughts …

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[26 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

Bluepeace, the environmental NGO from Maldives, has posted on its blog that mangroves which saved an island in Noonu Atoll of Maldives from the tsunami are under threat from an illegal aquaculture project. Bluepeace reports an alien species of sea cucumber is harvested in mangroves of Kendhikulhudhoo and excavation and modification of the mangroves are going on. According to Bluepeace, the mangroves in the island mitigated the impact of the tsunami by absorbing the waves.
Six years ago, on 26 December 2004, when the Indian Ocean tsunami created havoc across the …

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[25 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

For thousands of years the human race has survived despite the numerous natural and man-made disasters we face so often. Catastrophes such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, storms, tidal waves, tsunamis and also the disastrous consequences of the environmental damage we impose on our planet have destroyed millions of people and homes bringing nations to its knees in an instant.
Are we strong enough to fight against nature? Or are we to learn and live in harmony with it? Can we just call …

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[24 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

Even though the government of the Maldives has said Haitians deserved the earthquake, that view is not shared by several Maldivian citizens. Having experienced the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, we, the people of Maldives, understand what it feels like to face a natural disaster and to live as survivors in the aftermath of a disaster. We take this opportunity to show our solidarity with the people of Haiti and Chile – two countries which experienced destructive earthquakes this year. We sympathize with the suffering of the people …

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[20 May 2007 | 5 Comments | ]

The waves that hit several islands of the Maldives during the last few days have caused much damage to the islands making even some people homeless.
Islands in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll have been hit badly according to reports from Minivan News.
There is some debate as to whether the waves are tidal waves or storm surges.

But Mohamed Hussein Shareef (Mundhu) criticised media reports of “tidal waves,” which he said were “complete exaggerations… these are clearly storm surges not tidal waves.”
“Storm surges regularly happen in the Maldives at …

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[3 Aug 2006 | One Comment | ]

The tsunami of July 2006 killed more than 500. Despite Indian Ocean tsuanmi early warning system being set up, and UN officials claiming it to be “up and running” in June, hardly any warning reached the people in remote villages of Java. What are the shortcomings of this warning system and what are measures taken to solve them?
This BBC article examines the future of the early warning system.
The final part of the jigsaw is getting the warning message from tsunami monitoring centres to Jakarta and – in a matter of …

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[9 Oct 2005 | No Comment | ]

We offer our heartfelt sympathies to the people of Pakistan and India who are coping with the aftermath of the South Asian earthquake which hit the region on Saturday. Thousands are dead and wounded from this quake, believed to be the worst to hit the region in a century.

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[2 Sep 2005 | No Comment | ]

Our heartfelt sympathies are with the people of the United States as they go through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. This is just another example of how vulnerable the human population is, in the face of large-scale natural disasters. The former US Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton have contributed significantly to the relief efforts after the tsunami, and both visited Maldives as part of the United Nations relief and reconstruction efforts. Our condolences are with the families of the victims of the hurricane and we wish the United States …