Japanese Seawall Protected Maldives from Flooding
Maldives experienced first recorded mass flooding in Capital Male’ in 1987; known as boduraalhu or huge wave’s crisis.
Following this disaster, the Japanese Government gave the Maldives aid to build sea defenses around Male to prevent flooding.
On 11-12 April 1987 tidal waves hit and flooded a large part of Male’ and caused damages to some other islands.
Shockwavesinmaldives said that there was an El Niño phenomenon in 1986-1987.
One third of the capital ‘male’ was affected by severe flooding which resulted in physical damage to breakwaters, retaining walls, coastal roads, international airport, access harbour, fuel jetty, radio antennae.
A number of houses destroyed resulting in some 300 people being evacuated and homeless. No loss of life reported.
With reference to United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA), reliefweb.int reports that following the incident Japan granted Maldives with Cash Grant, Expert Consultants, and Medicines/Medical Teams worth USD74,000.
After Japan Earthquake & Tsunami 2011
The Earthquake of Firday 11th March, is now revised to 9 or Richter scale.
Japan faces what may be its greatest test since World War II.
Death toll is substantial – expected to exceed 10,000.
Earlier on Saturday, Japan’s top government spokesman said tests detected radiation above the national safety level in spinach and milk produced near the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Japan has confirmed radiation contamination of some agricultural products near a nuclear power plant crippled by last week’s earthquake and tsunami that is still spewing radiation – voanews.
Early this evening, Japan’s meteorological agency said A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture, south of the disaster-hit Fukushima No 1 nuclear plant. No Tsunami warning was issued.
Maldives with Japan
The Maldives kicked off the events and activities planned to help the Japanese people, with a two day telethon themed “Maldivians with Japan” that began Friday morning at 10.46.
A children’s evening as well as a “silent march” were held Friday afternoon in addition to a Charity Show which ran till early Saturday morning.
Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, in his weekly radio address aired Friday morning, also urged all Maldivians to participate in events to show their solidarity with Japan, underscoring Japan’s continuous assistance and support for the development of the Maldives.
Maldives campaigns to donate ‘Each Maldivian Donates a Fish Can’ to Japan.
Maldives Tuna Factory, which processes fish for country and export was also established under generous grants from Japan.
Arrangements have been made through telecommunication service providers, Dhiraagu and Wataniya to donate Rf20 via an SMS.
While donations are possible on BML Website & MNBC Website, in addition to the newly created website.
Statistics shows that over 4million MRF has been collected till 2000(+5gmt).
MNBC One highlights that this is a record amount collected from a Telethon.
Hundreds of thousands and fish cans is also been donated.
The Telethone & aid campaign is to be carried out till midnight.
The country has also observed a moment of silence, yesterday.
Maldives – Japan Relations
The two countries established diplomatic relations during November 1967 (MOFA Japan).