Indian Navy ships pump potable water to Maldives

Indian and Chinese military ships are in the Maldivian capital Male, pumping potable water from on-board desalination plants to the island that has been without water for four days following a fire at the plant that supplies 120,000 city-dwellers, including thousands of expatriate workers. Engineers need more time than expected to repair the desalination plant which could take ten more days, but an official stated that tourists will not be affected by the crisis as deluxe hotels have their own desalination plants. Over a third of the Maldives 300,000 population live in Male, putting huge pressure on drinking water and electricity. The low lying coral islands in the archipelago rely heavily on treated sea-water for drinking supplies. An international relief effort has seen bottled water rushed in from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.