ST Asia Report

"It's like the islands dance," a young official of the Maldives' Ministry of Environment and Energy told me in an interview. In Male, the densely built-up capital where there are no stray dogs and cats, garbage has to be taken away by boat, and electricity is fueled by imported diesel - and if the desalination plant fails, the city of more than 100,000 runs out of drinking water in less than a week.