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[18 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

A safe shelter to protect against natural disasters such as tsunamis has been built in Muli island in Meemu Atoll, Maryam Omidi reports in Minivan News.
The shelter is a two-storey building with an open terrace. Each storey is around 174.5 sq metres in size.
It will house a 45,000 litre underground rainwater tank; a storehouse for food and life-saving drugs; an operations centre with communications equipment; and will be able to generate power for up to three days.
The building has been designed to allow for vertical evacuation which means people will …

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[2 May 2007 | No Comment | ]

Minivan News reports that three French Red Cross workers were held captive in Mundoo in Laamu Atoll on Friday.
The islanders deny keeping them as hostages. The Head of the French Red Cross Delegation to the Maldives, Emmanuel Vivien, told Minivan News that previous reports in the media that Star Force attacked Mundoo after the incident were false.
Miscommunication within people of islands about the distinctive role of the international NGOs and the government in the tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction could be a factor that leads to such incidents, according to Minivan …

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[2 May 2007 | No Comment | ]

Minivan News reports that tsunami victims who have recently moved to new homes in Laamu Atoll Gan have protested on Monday demanding a planned sewage system to be completed.
The tsunami victims from Mundoo and Kalhaidhoo moved into French Red Cross homes on Gan in March, but have been forced to defecate in the sea in the absence of a sewage system.
There are also divisions brewing between the people who are natives of Gan and those who shifted because of the tsunami. Such shifts recently made headlines in Alifu Dhaalu Atoll …

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[13 Jan 2007 | No Comment | ]

Unrest is brewing in Kolhufushi island in Meemu Atoll. Two years after the tsunami struck, several people are living in temporary shelters. Kolhufushi was one of the worst-affected islands. Minivan News has a report of what is going on.
British Red Cross has also recently explained why reconstruction work on the island has come to a painful halt.

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[27 Dec 2006 | No Comment | ]

Jerry Talbot, head of Maldives delegation, for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Socieities (IFRC) has defended the pace of reconstruction of homes for people affected by the tsunami.

There has been criticism of the pace of reconstruction, and we accept that for people whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed, each day of waiting is a day too long. But from the outset we said that the recovery operation would take more than two years. We will not compromise quality for the sake of speed. Tsunami survivors deserve the …