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Barge carrying boulders to Thimarafushi runs aground

A barge transporting boulders to Thaa Atoll Thimarafushi island has run aground on the Th. Atoll reef.

The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) confirmed the report of the incident.

Thimarafushi council member Ahmed Ali said that the barge carrying stones had run aground on Tuesday evening, and that the islanders had managed to re-float the boat towing the barge. The barge however, is still marooned on the reef.

He further informed that it was difficult to say whether any boulders had fallen onto the reef.

The boulders were being transported to be used to reclaim land for the construction of the Thimarafushi airport.

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