Threat to Islands Mon 26 Sep 1988

Threat to islands (within the next 30 years. Prediction made 32 years ago.)
MALE, Maldives:
A gradual rise in average sea level is threatening to completely cover this Indian Ocean nation of
1196 small islands with-in the next 30 years, according to authorities.
The Environmental Affairs Director, Mr Hussein Shihab, said an estimated rise of 20 to 30
centimetres in the next 20 to 40 years could be “catastrophic” for most of the islands, which
were no more than a metre above sea level.
The United Nations Environment Project was planning a study of the problem.
But the end of the Maldives and its 200,000 people could come sooner if drinking
water supplies dry up by 1992, as predicted.

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  1. Inhabitants of Maldives Fear Flood of Saudi Money
    MAGOODHOO, Maldives — As long as anyone can remember, life on the island of Magoodhoo in the Maldives has revolved around fishing in the crystal clear waters that wash the coral reefs, and kicking back under palm trees on deck chairs made from coir rope.

    “This is a very fun, happy life,” said Islam Ahmed, 24, a tall, lean man chewing on areca nuts and betel leaves at one of two cafes on the less than one-square-mile island. It is one of nearly 1,200 islands that make up the Republic of Maldives, a nation southwest of India in the Indian Ocean.

    But Mr. Ahmed and others here are bracing for a life change they fear could be catastrophic, after the Maldivian president’s announcement in January that leaders of Saudi Arabia were planning a $10 billion investment in the group of islands where Mr. Ahmed lives, known as Faafu Atoll.

    Most alarming to the residents were reports that the government was breaking with a longstanding policy of leasing the islands that are home to some of the world’s premier resorts and selling the atoll outright to the Saudis. The inhabitants fear they might be moved off the islands.

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