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'Apocalyptic' island of waste in the Maldives

20 May 2012 Last updated at 00:14 BST

The Maldives are known as an unspoilt, paradise island destination for upmarket tourists but the BBC's Simon Reeve has paid a visit to a part of the Maldives that tourists do not see - a huge island waste dump.

He was accompanied by local conservationist Marie Saleem who explained how the country struggles with waste management.

The Maldives' government told the BBC they were looking at ways to tackle their waste problem.

Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve continues on Sunday 20 May at 20:00 BST on BBC Two. Catch up online at BBC iPlayer (UK only) or watch more clips at the above link.

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