The newly elected Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed has said that he is looking to acquire land to relocate his nation when the seas rise.
Mr Nasheed has allegedly said that his government wanted to buy a new homeland for the Maldivians in case the oceans rose and his low-lying archipelago nation was swallowed by the sea, like the legendary Atlantis.
Over 80 percent of Maldives 1192 islands are just less than 1 metre above sea level, with the highest point being approximately 3 metres. There are 200 inhabited islands in Maldives and their president has said in a newspaper report that sovereign fund to use in the eventuality of the submersion of the islands is a government priority.
Mr. Nasheed has inherited a host of more urgent problems in his country, which are mainly heroine addiction, rising crime and a slowing down of tourist business due to global economic crises.