How does an abandoned island look after 22 years? Here are some pics of Tholhendhoo which was abandoned in 1992 and the people of the island moved to nearby Kendhidulhudhoo. The island itself was a small beautiful island which didn’t have a calm safe lagoon which made it very difficult for the islanders to engage in fishing or sea transport.
Its autumn in Tholhendhoo. The haunting image of the main road of the island after 22 years of quietness.
Here is the island now; trees have grown up and erased all signs of past human habitation. Only a small area with a few roofs remains to show the history of the island.
Tholhendhoo (right) people migrated to their much big brother island nearby which is kendhikulhudhoo
The biggest tree in the island.
The ruins of the island pre-school.
The island office, once symbol of authority,
One last pic a villager took of his home before emigrating to new life in Kendhikulhudhoo
The farewell ceremony of the island was attended by by the then president Maumoon.
From a distance the beaches of the island are the same as any other island, but Tholhendhoo has a history.