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Maldives leaders go underwater

Maldives officials

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Government officials in the Maldives have been getting training on scuba diving so that they can hold a meeting underwater.

It sounds like fun but they're doing if for a serious reason, to raise awareness of climate change.

The Maldives are a group of small islands in the Indian Ocean and so could be very badly affected if the level of the sea continues to rise.

The president Mohammed Nasheed is keen to fight climate change - so plans to hold a meeting underwater on 17 October where all the cabinet members will have to communicate using hand signals.