Agalega Atoll (Mauritius)

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Source-This post on Agalega Atoll (Mauritius) is based on the article With Mauritius joining project, India’s rising power in the Indian Ocean” published in “The Indian Express” on 5th February 2024.

Why in the News?

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius jointly inaugurated an airstrip and a jetty that India has built on Agalega atoll.

About Agalega Atoll (Mauritius)

Agalega Atoll
Source- greatgameindia
Agalega Island
Source- UNFCC

1. Agalega is a tiny atoll in the Western Indian Ocean.

2. This atoll comprising two islands, North and South Agalega, separated by a short channel.

3. This atoll, located 684 miles (1,122 km) northeast of mainland Mauritius

4. The only town on the island is called Vingt-Cinq which means 25 in French, referring to the number of lashes the slaves would receive as punishment.

5. The 12 km-long and 2 km-wide northern island has a small airstrip which used to be occasionally visited by Coast Guard planes and helicopters.

6. Agalega is known for its production of coconuts and is also home to the Agalega day gecko.

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