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[11 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

As the first rains of the Southwest monsoon fell on the capital city of Maldives, people were evacuating buildings and waiting anxiously on the streets, after a tsunami alert was issued following an earthquake off the coast of Sumatra on Wednesday. In several islands of the Maldives, the whole population gathered in the center of the island. Schools were evacuated and children were sent home. In a country with a very high mobile phone usage, the entire mobile phone network is crippled because thousands of people are simultaneously trying to …

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[26 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
Five years later

Today is the fifth anniversary of the destructive wave that sent shockwaves across the country. As the Maldives remembers the Indian Ocean tsunami, some of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been resettled in new houses, and in some cases, in new islands. Five years later, it is a pity, however, that several IDPs are still living in temporary shelters. For those living in temporary shelters, their old way of life is becoming a memory of the distant past as year after year passes.
All photos by Muha

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[26 Dec 2006 | No Comment | ]

Two years ago, on December 26, water rose from the depths of Indian Ocean, off the coast of Sumatra, formed into a wave of destruction, and swept into coastal settlements of several countries. Homes were destroyed, lives lost, and hopes shattered in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Maldives. The most destructive tsunami ever known made its impact even on the eastern coast of Africa. Hundred people have been reported to have died from the wave in Somalia.
Two years after the disaster, the shockwaves have not subsided. There …

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[7 May 2005 | 2 Comments | ]

Reconstruction projects are underway. Victims are living in temporary shelters. Foreign aid agencies and international organisations are working to help. But four months after the tsunami struck, the affected people are still suffering. The impact of the tsunami is still visible in the Maldives. It is felt everywhere. In the resorts and in the far-flung islands where poverty was present even before the tsunami.

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[24 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

Residents of Hulhumale’ clean up the sand accumulated on a street after the tsunami. Photo: UID, Hulhumale’.

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[24 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

Hulhumale’ was reclaimed to provide a solution for congestion in Male’. Flats have been developed and rented. The island is still under development and only very few people live there. This photo shows people coming out of their flats and walk through the water after the island was flooded. Most of the things in the groundfloor of the flats were destroyed by the wave. Photo: UID, Hulhumale’.

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[24 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

This picture taken in Hulhumale’ on December 26 shows the tsunami sweeping into the artificially created island in the Maldives. Compared to other islands, this reclaimed island was affected less by the tsunami. The island is raised a few feet above sea level as a protection against sea level rise, but it was not enough to stop the tsunami. Photo: UID, Hulhumale’.

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[12 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan visits the National Disaster Management Centre set up in Male’, Maldives on January 9. Photo: Eagan
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said that the Maldivian social system has been destabilised after the tsunami, reports AFP’s Amal Jayasinghe. Annan spoke to reporters before he left Maldives on Monday concluding his tour of the countries hit by the tsunami.
As he left the Maldives after a 24-hour visit, the UN secretary general told reporters that although death and destruction in this tiny Indian Ocean atoll nation was …

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[9 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

The tsunami that hit the Maldives on December 26 is the largest natural disaster in the recorded history of the small country. This disaster is a regional one causing destruction in several countries in South and South-East Asia. In many aspects, this is an international catastrophe; several Europeans and Americans have died in the wake of the killer waves.
As societies try to manage the disaster and make plans for the future, one this is certain. This disaster will have long-term effects and will shape the course of history.
Donald G. McNeil …

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[7 Jan 2005 | No Comment | ]

Homeless people in some islands of Maldives are sleeping in boats. Kolhufushi island in Meemu Atoll is one such island where people affected by the tsunami are sleeping in boats. Temporary shelters are being built for them.
Washington Post has published an AP report on this.