British tourist dies as tidal waves devastate Maldives

A British tourist died when this Indian Ocean paradise of the Maldives was hit by unprecedented tidal waves that flooded two thirds of the capital island and shut the airport, officials said. A British tourist died when this Indian Ocean paradise of the Maldives was hit by unprecedented tidal waves that flooded two thirds of the capital island and shut the airport, officials said. The unidentified British tourist died of a heart attack as the tidal waves hit his resort, an official said, adding 50 “water cabanas” built on stilts had been washed away, a local official said.

The Maldivian government in a statement said there were several casualties, but gave no details.

The situation of tens of thousands of other tourists in the Maldives was not immediately known.

Two thirds of the capital island, Male, was under about four feet (1.2 meters) of water in some areas. About a third of the country’s 330,000 population live in the highly congested capital island.

“From about 9:00 am (0400 GMT) in the morning, the capital, Male, and other parts of the country have been flooded by the tsunami caused by the earthquakes in the eastern Indian ocean,” the government statement said.