The President proclaims State of Emergency following National Disaster
26 December 2004
The President has proclaimed a State of Emergency, following the National Disaster caused by the tsunami that swept the Maldives early this morning.
The tsunami has claimed the lives of a number of people, caused extensive structural damage, leaving parts of the nation deprived of electricity and means of communication.
Under the powers vested in the President by Article 42 (b) of the Constitution, the President declared the State of Emergency to facilitate disaster relief effects, assess the damage caused by the tsunami and carry out further mitigation measures.
The President appealed to the public in this time of national disaster, to provide any assistance in carrying out the directives of the Ministerial Committee and Taskforce formed to co-ordinate the necessary emergency steps.
The administrative centre for the Taskforce has been set up at Iskandhar School.
Press Release reference number: 2004-771