MNDF issues travel warning over bad weather

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) has warned seafarers to practice caution due to adverse weather conditions.

Maldives Meteorological Services have warned of torrential rain and strong winds of 19 to 24 mph with gusts of 45 mph for nine atolls. While rough seas are expected with the possibility of swell waves, Yellow Alerts have been issued from Lh to Dh atoll from 1400hrs to 1830hrs.

MNDF said while meteorological services have warned that the Maldives will experience rough weather, seafarers are urged to be cautious of the latest weather conditions in planning their voyage. They also urged that vessels inform relevant authorities before setting sail and to ensure that lifejackets, communication equipment, and water pumps are readily available on the vessels. Small vessels are discouraged from traveling at night and during rain.

MNDF also urged cargo vessels to ensure that guidelines are followed in loading cargo and to properly secure vessels at docks and in lagoons.