Nearly a hundred homes assessed for flood relief

Maldives authorities have assessed nearly a hundred homes as the government moves to provide relief for families affected by severe flooding as heavy rains lashed across the capital Male on Wednesday.

Maldives meteorology department said the capital had experienced a record 223.5 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.

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.

Disaster Management Centre project director Hisaan Hassan told AVAS on Thursday that the authorities had already assessed 99 homes damaged by the flooding while the remaining would be assessed throughout Thursday.

Hisaan said it was difficult to put a figure on the damages caused by the flooding but said two families had been provided temporary shelters after their homes were severely affected.

"We cannot give an exact date on when we would be able to recover from the devastation caused by the flooding. But we are trying to find out the extent of the damages. Then we will be able to provide relief," she explained.

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