Disaster relief expenditure increasing year-on-year: Environment Minister

Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology Aminath Shauna has stated the expenditure undertaken on disaster relief is increasing year-on-year, highlighting the impact of climate change.

Speaking at a ceremony held at the Maldives Meteorological Service on the occasion of World Meteorological Day, Environment Minister Shauna said climate change has a direct impact on the state budget, as shown by the increasing expenditure on disaster relief over the years. The minister noted the average temperature of the Maldives has increased by 0.23 degrees Celsius over the past 10 years, and by 1.1 degrees Celsius over the past 47 years. She stated the increased temperature has a direct impact on rain and the freshwater lens, inhibiting fisheries and agriculture.

During the ceremony, the Maldives Meteorological Service launched the new mobile application and website of the institution. Speaking on the newly introduced mobile application and the website, the environment minister highlighted the importance of using the information gathered by Maldives Meteorological Service during the planning and implementation stages of major development projects across the country.

The World Meteorological Day is marked annually on March 23. The theme of this year’s World Meteorological Day is ‘Early Warning and Early Action’, which emphasises the critical necessity of hydrometeorological and climate information for disaster risk reduction.