Worsening weather leads to disastrous accidents at sea

Several disastrous incidents have occurred at sea within Maldivian borderline over worsening weather.

Maldives Meteorological Center (MET Office) has already issued white alerts to upper-north Haa Alif atoll all the way down to Laamu atoll of central Maldives. The national weather center of Maldives also estimates rainfall is expected to become heavy and frequent in the upcoming days.

Though no specific locations were disclosed MET Office claims several islands may experience heavy rainfall with thunder. Wind speed is expected to pick up between 5 to 13 miles from east and southeast direction for southern atolls.

Other parts of the country can expect wind speed picking up from west northwest at a pace of 15 to 25 miles.

Meanwhile Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) has confirmed they have received three reports related to accidents at sea.

According to the national security forces a speedboat idle at airport island, Hulhule was turned topside down due to rough seas and strong gusts. The authority claims they received the report around 09:12hrs on Saturday morning.

In another incident a docked local boat at Kuda-Bandos drifted into the sea after the securing-ropes on it broke due to wind and rough sea. The adrift boat had capsized into the lagoon of newly reclaimed area of Hulhumale'. MNDF received the report around 08:03hrs on Saturday morning.

MNDF received report of a fishing boat in distress around 08:15hrs on Saturday morning as well. The fishing boat reported of having a rudder issue. According to the last report, the vessel is traveling to Mulak of Meemu atoll from Raiymandhoo of the same atoll.

National weather center had issued warning cautioning sea vessel operators and travelers regarding the expected rough seas in northern and central parts of Maldives.