Berinmadhoo

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Berinmadhoo
ބެރިންމަދޫ
Uninhabited island
Berinmadhoo is located in Maldives
Berinmadhoo
Berinmadhoo
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 7°2′51″N 72°58′18″E / 7.04750°N 72.97167°E / 7.04750; 72.97167Coordinates: 7°2′51″N 72°58′18″E / 7.04750°N 72.97167°E / 7.04750; 72.97167
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Ihavandhippolhu Atoll
Administrative atoll Haa Alif Atoll
Dimensions
 • Length 0.65 km (0.40 mi)
 • Width 0.32 km (0.20 mi)
Population
 • Total 0
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Berinmadhoo (Dhivehi: ބެރިންމަދޫ) was one of the inhabited islands of Haa Alif Atoll and is geographically part of the Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the Maldives.

Berinmadhoo people have been relocated to the island of Hoarafushi in the same atoll under a population consolidation programme. Berinmadhoo was one of the non-smoking islands of the Maldives with a hefty fine levied on anyone caught smoking.

Population Consolidation Programme[edit]

The island of Berinmadhoo was chosen as one of the islands for a population relocation. At this time, the island had a population of only 174 people. Due to this, the facilities that were provided to the people were very limited and costly.[1] The relocation was carried out with the consent of the people in 2007, to the nearby island Hoarafushi.

Resort Island[edit]

In September 2007, the government presented the islands of Berinmadhoo and Hathifushi for tourism development.[2] This is part of the plan to extend tourism in Maldives to the northern atolls. Berinmadhoo will be one of the very first resort islands in the north of the country. The resort is currently under construction and is due to be completed by December 2011.[3]

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