Astronaut Luca Parmitano captured from ISS Felidhoo, Maldives. For its low altitude Maldives is one of the countries that are immensely affected by global warming.

Credit: Luca Parmitano, ESA, NASA

The Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, along the north-south direction, spread over roughly 90,000km2, making this one of the world’s most dispersed countries. Maldives is the lowest country in the world, with maximum and average natural ground levels of only 2.4m above sea level.Also, Tourism accounts for 28% of the GDP and more than 60% of the Maldives’ foreign exchange receipts, and coronavirus pandemic as seriously affected the economy of the country. After 3 months of quarantine, the country is set to reopen to travellers on Wednesday, July 15 2020, according to the country’s Ministry of Tourism.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: Wikipedia
After the government’s declaration of an indefinite lockdown and a ban on incoming tourists, many resort workers were forced to take unpaid leave (Credit: Ahmed Sinan)

Reference: Luca Parmitano’s Tweet
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