Area: 298 sq km
1,200 coral islands in 20 administrative groups, 600 km southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. Only 202 islands are inhabited. These have an average size of less than 1 sq km. Average elevation is one metre.
Population: 313,920 Annual Growth: 1.43%
Official language: Dhivehi of Sanskrit origin Languages: 2 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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The fragile ecosystem of the Maldives is threatened by rising sea levels that could flood and destroy. Coral mining and rises in sea temperatures have killed much of the coral that is the foundation of these islands. The 2004 tsunami and the 2008-2009 economic downturn demonstrated how fleeting life on these islands could be; pray that this would cause many to seek eternal assurance obtainable only through Christ.
Minicoy is part of the Indian-ruled Lakshadweep Islands to the north of the Maldives, but its population is ethnically Maldivian. Pray for an open door for the gospel.
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