Strong winds cause high waves to batter Marsalforn promenade
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The strong winds and rain over the last couple of days have been causing problems across Gozo, but in different ways.Marsalforn has been very badly hit by the strong winds and high waves, causing flooding and destruction along the promenade, making driving conditions along the front almost impossible.Yesterday, CHOGM related events in Gozo had to be cancelled, with many Gozitan businesses left disappointed after completing many preparations for the visit.
Gozo Channel has been running its service using the Comino route for the last couple of days and on Thursday night the service had to be suspended for several hours, starting again early this morning.
On Saturday, there are several events due to be held on Gozo, so far no information has been made available as to whether they are still going ahead. Strong WNW winds are also forecast for Saturday.
They include a Roundatable of Commonwealth Foreign Ministers will be held in Gozo. The Roundtable is part of the CHOGM Official Programme. It is not a formal meeting but an opportunity for Ministers to talk with each other and it will be chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malta, George W. Vella.
The 2015 CHOGM theme, 'Adding Global Value,' will provide a focus for the discussion. All concerned will be concluded with lunch which will provide the opportunity for further interaction and informal discussions.
There is als a Gozo field trip being organised for the spouses of the Commonwealth Heads of State, including Mrs Michelle Muscat and the spouses of the Commonwealth Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
They will cruise on the MS Hera around St Paul's island and Comino, before disembarking in Gozo for some sightseeing. This is followed by lunch which will hosted by Mrs Babli Sharma, wife of the Commonwealth Secretary General followed by local coffee and pastries hosted by Mrs Refalo, wife of the Minister for Gozo.
Photographs of Marsalforn by Petr Pelikan