“Volunteers must step forward, youth leaders should be formed amongst us, to advocate, raise voices, and put a stop to things,” President Yameen on the International Day of Volunteers.
Malaysia has pledged US$200,000 to the ‘Malé Water Crisis Management Fund’, while Japan is also reported to have given MVR13.9 million (US$903,000) for repairs.
The Maldives dropped a further five places to 108th out of 180 countries in a year during which Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan disappeared in what is widely regarded as an abduction.
The MNDF have confirmed that their mobile units have ceased operation, while the Maldives Red Crescent – which has played a key role in relief efforts – has also confirmed that its operations have shut down.
The government has stopped providing bottled water to residents of Malé, claiming there is currently no shortage of drinking water. Custom built panels from Singapore to replace the four damaged panels at MWSC have arrived today.
A Sri Lankan Air Force flight is currently on its way to the Maldives from Singapore with custom built panels to replace the damaged panel boards connecting electricity generators and desalination plants at MWSC. The government has also raised US$ 5.5 million to the water crisis management fund.
Transparency has called upon the government to avoid “economic and political repercussions stemming from the water crisis”, while the MDP has demanded more detail about potential donors and the use of funds.
The UN in Maldives commended the “outstanding response” of the government, while the Maldivian Democratic Party has attacked the decision to continue charging for water services.
“We did not have any fall back plan for any disaster of this magnitude. However, we have done extremely hard work to try and bring the situation back to normal,” said Yameen.