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MET issues yellow alert from Kaafu Atoll to Addu City

Mariyam Malsa
18 May 2020, MVT 14:05
A boat docking at the capital city of Male' during ongoing severe weather conditions. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
18 May 2020, MVT 14:05

Maldives Meteorological Service (MET), on Monday, issued a yellow alert for the area between Kaafu Atoll and Addu City amid extreme South-Western monsoon weather conditions currently affecting the country.

The MET Office predicted torrential rain and thunderstorms for the region from 0900 to 1300 hrs with average winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour and gusts of 55 miles per hour.

Forecasting severe conditions, MET has issued several weather alerts for different regions of the country over the past few days.

Notably, on Friday, MET declared an orange alert from Baa Atoll to Faafu Atoll, marking the first instance an orange alert was issued in Maldives.

The South-Western monsoon conditions have resulted in property damage across the country with the Addu City Council revealing that a total of 646 residences in Addu were damaged due to heavy rainfall and flooding experienced on May 14.

In the capital city of Male', strong winds knocked over trees and rough seas caused a ship transporting agricultural produce from Kulhudhuffushi, Haa Dhaalu Atoll to run aground on the capital's western shore.

According to Maldives' indigenous 'Nakaiy' calendar, the current period 'Kethi', the third segment of the rainy 'Hulhangu' season, is characterized by dark clouds and frequent downpours.

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