Fares-Maathoda island is located at the south facing atoll rim of Huvadhu Atoll in Maldives. The entire island of Fares was flooded on 17 May 2007 and remained flooded for three consecutive days. Nearly one third of Maathoda was flooded and the swell washed ashore in a southwesterly direction.
Fares-Maathoda was originally two separate islands until they were joined by the reclamation of the shallow passage between them during 1990s. Prior to the blocking of the passage there had been years during which the surge water through the passage had caused flooding of the islands but these floods have been very much limited to a few tens of meters along the shore. No serious flooding of Fares-Maathoda was reported following the reclamation of the passage until mid May 2007.
The study was carried out to find the most feasible cost effective solution for the flood mitigation. Under this scope, possible engineering measures were developed at the initial stage including both soft & hard measures. With the aid of several numerical modeling techniques, most feasible solution for the problem was identified, and verified through physical modelling technique. Services provided by LHI for this study were as follows:
Detailed Design for the Flood Mitigating Measures