Tropical Storm Ockhi
Maldives experienced torrential rains and thunderstorm on 30 November and 1 December 2017 following the build-up of Ockhi tropical storm off the coast of southwestern India. A yellow alert was issued by Government of Maldives for the Northern atolls which experience strong winds of 30-40 miles per hour and gust-winds of upto 60 miles per hour throughout the country.
Most islands were affected by sea swells and rough seas and approx. 57 island mostly in the north atolls of the country were affected per the information provided by National Disaster Management Center. 36 islands has flooding and some of the islands experienced leakages in their sewerage systems too.
The National Disaster Management Center (NDMC) as a nodal agency has been closely monitoring and responding to the situation with immediate movement of Maldives Defense Force especially for pumping the flood water back into the sea.
br>WHO Country Office coordinated with Health Protection Agency/Ministry of Health with rapid assessment of the situation. It was noted that all health facilities remain functional and continue to offer uninterrupted health services. Only minor damages were reported to health facilities which have been managed by the local authorities.
As the tropical storm receded by 2nd December, HPA noted the need for enhancing the public health actions especially for mobilizing rapid response teams, ensuring safe water and to prevent and protect from vector borne diseases.