Velidhoo (Noonu Atoll)

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Velidhoo
Inhabited island
Aerial view of Velidhoo
Aerial view of Velidhoo
Velidhoo is located in Maldives
Velidhoo
Velidhoo
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 05°39′45″N 73°16′24″E / 5.66250°N 73.27333°E / 5.66250; 73.27333Coordinates: 05°39′45″N 73°16′24″E / 5.66250°N 73.27333°E / 5.66250; 73.27333
CountryMaldives
Geographic atollMiladhummadulhu Atoll
Administrative atollSouthern Miladhunmadulu
Distance to Malé166.52 km (103.47 mi)
Dimensions
 • Length1.130 km (0.702 mi)
 • Width0.650 km (0.404 mi)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total1,961 (including foreigners)
Time zoneUTC+05:00 (MST)

Velidhoo (Dhivehi: ވެލިދޫ) is one of the inhabited islands of Noonu Atoll in the Maldives.

History[edit]

The origin of the first settlers of Velidhu[clarification needed] remains a mystery. Historians date the earliest settlements to the 5th century BC with Aryan immigrants coming from India and Sri Lanka.

The island has many historic monuments including a tree (Velidhu bodu nikagas), which has been there for more than five centuries. Much of the history of Velidhu is unknown, but research is ongoing.

Velidhoo Nikagas

Geography[edit]

The island is 166.52 km (103 mi; 90 nmi) north of the country's capital, Malé.[2]

Demography[edit]

The Veliduans are a mix of people from two of the nearby islands in the atoll, Magoodhoo and Tholhendhoo. Velidhu is the most populous island of Noonu Atoll. The Veliduan language is Dhivehi.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006 1,716—    
2014 1,722+0.3%
2006-2014: Census populations
Source: [3]

Governance[edit]

Island chiefs[edit]

Below is a list of people who have filled the post of island chief (dates are provided where known).

  • Katheebu Kaleyge – Muththoshige Gasim Fulhu (late)[clarification needed] – Muththosige
  • Ibrahim Moosa Kaleyfaanu (Naibu dhonkokko) (late) – Seesange
  • Hassan Kaleyfaanu (late) – Muththosige
  • Easa Gasim (late) – Daylight
  • Mohamed Gasim (late) – Ochidmaage
  • Abdul Samed Adam Kaleyfanu – Lubomage (3 September 1977 – 7 April 1982)
  • Mohamed Hassan (Magoodhu Mohamed Fulhu) – Dorensyvila (31 March 1970)
  • Mohamed Hassan – Muththoshige (3 June 1964 – 9 July 1977)
  • Mohamed Abubakur (late) – Hilihilage (19 June 1982 – 31 July 1989)
  • Ahmed Waheed (Tholhendhu Waheed) (29 August 1970 – 14 June 1975)
  • Abdul Azeez Moosa Kaleyfaanu – Oasanvilla (6 July 1978 – 19 July 1979)
  • Ali Moosa Kaleyfanu – Elpaso (6 September 1976 – 16 May 1978)
  • Ahmed Wasif (late) – Rediyamge (2 November 1982 – 1 December 1983)
  • Moosa Hassanfulhu – Dheyliyage (17 November 1965 – 1992)
  • Rahman Hussain – Kethi (Retired)
  • Ibrahim Haleem Ali – Bina
  • Ibrahim Naeem - Waves

First Elected Velidhoo Council - 26 February 2011[edit]

  • Mohamed Adil - Iramaage (President)
  • Ahmed Saeed - Asdhoo (Vice President)
  • Ahmed Ziyaad - Maadhuni
  • Ahmed Siraaj - France
  • Mohamed Faiz - Athiriaage
N.velidhoo council presidents
Newly elected councilors

Second Elected Velidhoo Council - 13 March 2013[edit]

  • President of council: Ali Ahmeen Boashimaage
  • Vice President: Ibrahim Ali Boashimaage
  • Councilor: Ali Mujthaba - Kethi
  • Councilor: Asma Hussain - Aahama
  • Councilor: Ibrahim Qasim - Fashuvimaage

Third Elected Velidhoo Council - 3 June 2017[edit]

  • Asma Hussain - Aahama (President)
  • Ahmed Jaufaru - Dearhouse ( Vice President)
  • Adam Ali - Hasthee (Council Member)

List of people who have been judges[edit]

  • 1-Ibrahim Moosa Kaleyfaanu (Naibu dhonkokko) (late) – Seesange
  • 2-Abdul Azeez Moosa Kaleyfaanu
  • 3-Ibrahim Haleem
  • 4-Mohamed Ibrahimfulhu (Miladhoo Mohamed fulhu)
  • 5-Mohamed Haleem
  • 6-raking

Economy[edit]

The island is said to be one of the greatest fishing areas in the Maldives.

Transport[edit]

The new harbour was opened by President Abdulla Yameen in 2017.[4] The harbour, built by MTCC, is 240 m (800 ft) long and 76 m (250 ft) wide.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table PP5: Resident Population by sex, nationality and locality (administrative islands), 2014" (PDF). Population and Households Census 2014. National Bureau of Statistics. p. 34. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Boulter.com. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Table 3.3: Total Maldivian Population by Islands" (PDF). National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Yameen cuts ribbons for new harbours on northern atolls tour". Maldives Independent. 24 December 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  5. ^ "N. Velidhoo Harbor Officially Opened". Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure. 24 December 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Contracts Awarded for IDB Phase 2 and New Jetty". Dredging Today. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2018.