The Maldives has joined a regional search for wreckage from missing flight MH370 following reports that islanders in the Indian ocean atoll nation have spotted unidentified debris.
Maldivian police are responding to several sightings of debris washed up along the northern atolls of the archipelago, some of which occurred about a month ago, but were only brought to the attention of authorities on Saturday.
"There is new attention to these sightings after the discovery at Reunion," police said, referring to a wing part found in late July on the French territory located 3,200 kilometres south-west of the Maldives.
Local media reports said the biggest piece of debris, an eight by two feet long panel, had washed up a few days earlier.
The Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8 last year, sparking the largest multinational search operation in history, now focused on the southern Indian Ocean based on satellite data hinting at the plane's path.