Record rainfall floods Maldives capital

Over 100 families have been affected as heavy rains lashed across the Maldives capital on Wednesday.

Maldives meteorology department said the capital had experienced a record 149 milliliters of rainfall from Wednesday morning until sunset, though the showers had eased by mid afternoon.

The tiny roads in the most densely populated capital in the world had been flooded in knee high water.

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) along with the police have been deployed to drain the flooding and assist several houses which had suffered flood damage.

National Disaster Management Centre had set up an emergency centre in one of the schools while two families had to be relocated due to the flooding according to the defence minister Mariya Ahmed Didi.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih during his visit to the emergency relief centre told state television that 160 families had been affected by the flooding while the authorities were providing assistance.

President Solih said the severe flooding had been caused by a damaged drainage system.

He said the fire department had been deployed to drain water from severely flooded areas.