MALE, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Maldivian government on Saturday said a mega road development initiative in capital Malé was underway to address the frequent flooding crisis and the uneven roads in the island country.
Minister of National Planning and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam, quoted in local media reports said so far, pump systems have been used to drain the flood water in the city, and a permanent solution was required to solve the issue.
The Minister said work was already underway by the Malé City Council to develop the roads, adding that the ministry was giving its full cooperation in its work.
He added work was also being carried out to include a storm water drainage system.
"The ministry plans to develop the roads in a manner that doesn’t require authorities to constantly keep digging them up, while keeping changes to parking in mind as well as leveling the roads and burying additional pipes underground," Aslam said.
"While draining storm water in Male, authorities have not been heedful in draining water out of the city as the city lacks space to efficiently carry out the procedure," he added.
Aslam went on to add that authorities are working to allocate a location to collect storm water.
The Maldives Disaster Mangement Center said the city is prone to heavy flooding even with the slightest amount of rain, sometimes with water entering homes as almost all residences in Male are level with the roads.