Male' City Council temporarily closed down Rasfannu beach after receiving several complaints of the presence of sewerage waste in the waters of the area.
As per a tweet by the city council, it is neccesary to conduct certain investigations beofore a reopening date for the western artificial beach could be announced.
According to a person interviewed by local media outlet Mihaaru, most beach-goers could not initially identify what was floating in the water due to its white colour. It was ascertained to be sewerage waste upon closer inspection.
The recently established Environment Police have also been notified regarding the issue. The interviewee stated that the officers first believed the material was sand due to its colour but were later convinced by the odour the pieces gave off after being crushed.
The Environment Police then proceeded to clear the water of people and cordoned off the area.
Complaints of sewerage waste leaks in Rasfannu beach have been made in the past as well.