Male’ city experienced an unusual natural event on Saturday afternoon as major waves struck the region, resulting in flooding and damage to various locations. The surf point in Henveiru ward of Male and the Sinamale bridge highway were among the areas severely affected by the tidal surges.
Since 2pm, Male, Hulhule, Hulhumale, and the Male-Hulhumale highway have been witnessing tidal surges, creating chaos and disruption in the affected regions. Shocking videos emerged on social media, capturing the scenes of motorcycles and people being swept away by the powerful waves on the highway. The situation worsened as dustbins were seen drifting away in the artificial beach area, showcasing the intensity of the natural disaster.
One of the most striking images of the aftermath showed huge rocks carried by the surging waters, crashing onto the Boduthakurufaanu Magu in Male’. The forceful flow of water even resulted in cyclists being thrown over and carried away, causing injuries to some and causing significant damage to vehicles in the area.
Authorities have responded swiftly to the crisis, and police have issued advisories to drivers and riders to exercise extreme caution as tidal surges are anticipated to persist for several hours. The meteorological service (MET) has raised a white alert from Kaafu atoll, extending down south to Addu. Wave height is expected to range between 2 and 5 feet above sea level, highlighting the potential risks to coastal areas.