the Maldives may soon disappear from the global map due to the rise in the sea level of the Indian Ocean. Researchers at the Antarctic Research Centre in Hobart, Australia say that the sea level has risen by 3.55 cm during the last 25 years. If the Ocean rises by nearly 50 cm, the island may become a mariner's memory. Out of the total 1,191 Maldivian islands, most of them are expected to submerge in the sea within the next 100 years.
According to a un scientific panel, the greenhouse effect may lead to a rise in sea level by 91 cm by the next century. Researchers dis-covered that the Ocean water has warmed by 0.5 c between 1962-87. People in the Maldives fear that the greenhouse effect may also change ocean currents and generate more storms.
In 1987, the country experienced the first threat when floods submerged one-third of its islands. Although no deaths were reported, property on the sea front of Male, the capital, was washed away.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.