Imagine living through a tsunami and having over 36,000 cubic metres of waste and debris left behind as a constant reminder, an obstacle to recovery, and a dangerous health risk. It’s enough to fill over 800 of Canada’s largest waste disposal trucks. But for the Maldives, a country made up of over 1,200 islands spread across more than 1,800 kilometres, tsunami waste posed a particular challenge.
The waste management issues of the Maldives are being addressed with the successful completion in June 2007 of a $10.3-million joint venture between the Canadian and Australian Red Cross, with support from the Canadian International Development Agency.
The October/November edition of this magazine will offer a feature article on this amazing waste cleanup.