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The Maldives May Look like a Tropical Paradise, but There's One Island That No One Should Visit

facts first presents the Maldives may

look like a tropical paradise but

there's one island that no one should

visit the Maldives is a popular tourist

and honeymoon destination located

hundreds of miles off the coast of Sri

Lanka

it's an archipelago of beautiful islands

with white sand beaches and sparkling

blue waters while the Maldives appears

to be paradise there is a dark side to

this vacation destination that won't

show up anywhere on their brochures the

Maldives may look like a tropical

paradise but there's one island that no

one should visit Philip ushi started out

as a sleepy lagoon in the Indian Ocean

it's located a few miles from the

region's capital of Mali as more and

more visitors have flocked to the

Maldives Fela Fuji is changed a lot it's

also a horrifying reminder of what

progress can do to a tropical paradise

while people still love to visit the

five-star resorts of Mali and the

surrounding islands draw in tourists the

Lefou she is a time bomb that is slowly

seeping poison into the surrounding

waters how did it gorgeous place like

this take such a dark turn the Maldives

has been home to many fishermen and

their families for years while there if

the people lived off marine life in the

60s there was talk about developing the

Maldives as a holiday destination but

the United Nations shot the idea down in

the 70s it was approved though and the

first resort opened its doors in 1972 it

wasn't long before tourism became the

islands primary source of income and

today there are over a hundred and

thirty resorts scattered across the

Maldives 200 islands that are inhabited

in 2017 alone over 1.4 million people

vacationed on the islands one place you

won't see on tourist brochures though is

the Lefou XI in the 1990s Villa Fucci

was a gorgeous Lagoon just like those

that are homes to the other beautiful

resorts in the Maldives it's an

artificial island only 2 miles long and

less than a quarter mile across in the

90s tourism in the Maldives had been

flourishing already for about 20 years

with all the people visiting the island

a steady flow of

came with them the locals struggled to

deal with all of that garbage

when Molly became one of the most

overcrowded cities in the world they had

no idea what to do with the islands

waste with the way situation getting

worse and worse

a bizarre solution was proposed

officials thought it would be a good

idea to use the Lefou sheet as a large

landfill site in December of 1991 the

plan was approved the first boatload of

waste was taken to the island a month

later in the beginning disposing of the

trash on the island was pretty simple

they used one landing craft one wheel

loader two excavators a few trucks and

some workers it was up to the workers to

process the trash that arrived on the

island they had to create pits that

could hold thirty seven thousand five

hundred cubic feet of waste in the

beginning the trash coming from Molly

went right into the pits without being

sorted or segregated when these dumping

grounds got too full they were topped

with debris from local construction and

then leveled off with sand that's caused

the island to grow in just five years

the island became a dump for all of the

Maldives Islands and this was when

officials realized they had a unique

opportunity on their hands they decided

to lease the expanding land to

entrepreneurs for industrial ventures in

the beginning twenty two companies

signed on with all of these plans in the

works waste still continue to arrive on

the Lefou she soon the island started

being called rubbish island and it kept

growing over two decades over 330 tons

of trash was shipped there each day

every 24 hours the layer of garbage

increased in size by a square metre what

was going on at Dilma foo she was far

different than what was happening on the

other Maldive islands it wasn't long

before more and more companies wanted to

lease land on the island over 54

companies were on the island and over

1.2 million feet of the island was

dedicated to industrial activities by

this time the island wasn't just a dump

site it was also a hub for boat

manufacturing warehousing cement packing

and methane bottling although the

industry on the island was great

economically

it was turning the island into an

environmental disaster according to

experts the average visitor to the

Maldives produces about 3.5 kilograms of

garbage each day it's believed that

tourists produce five times more trash

than the residents who are living there

and that means a lot of trash is making

its way to the Lefou she the experts say

that it's not just plastic water bottles

and paper garbage making its way to the

island there's also toxic trash such as

used batteries asbestos and other

hazardous wastes being brought there

each and every day the trash and toxic

waste being brought to the Lefou she

isn't just destroying the island it's

polluting the water and noxious fumes

are being spread through the air and

things got worse in 2011 when incoming

freighters got tired of the long waits

to dump their loads and they started

offloading their garbage directly into

the ocean that caused the government to

put a ban on any trash at all going to

the island today the ban is still in

place and garbage is now shipped across

the ocean to India what happened to this

once beautiful island is devastating

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