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Taiwan raises travel alert for Maldives

2018/02/06 22:50:47

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Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) issued a yellow travel alert Tuesday for the Maldives, an island group in the Indian Ocean, due to a political crisis in the country.

The travel alert came after the Maldives government under President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency a day earlier, according to a statement by MOFA's Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Under MOFA's four-color system, the lowest level is gray, followed by yellow, then orange and finally red. A red alert is the highest warning level and advises people to refrain from traveling to the region in question.

The yellow alert warns people to exercise caution and to review whether to travel to the affected area, it said, cautioning its citizens already in the country to be on the alert and to avoid lingering in busy public spaces.

The bureau said that as Taiwan has no representative office in the Maldives, its citizens can contact the country's representative office in Chennai, India, if they need emergency assistance. Meanwhile, their family members can also directly call MOFA's toll-free phone number 0800-085-095 to seek urgent assistance for their relatives overseas.

According to wire reports, a clash between Yameen and exiled former President Mohammed Nasheed has led to political instability and social unrest over the past week.

(By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)