Bad weather persists-Red alert over Mahe and inner islands


29-January-2013

Flooded roads at Pointe Larue yesterday afternoon

The command centre within the Ministry of Environment and Energy raised the alert code to red after the weather forecast showed continued extreme weather including heavy rain. Code red means that the situation currently being experienced is classified as severe with all emergency protocol in place.

As a result of the alert, members of the public were asked to stay at home and to only make essential trips to avoid road blockage or accidents that could hamper the work of the emergency services.

After the situation had improved Sunday night following heavy rainfall on Saturday and during the day Sunday, the sun was out yesterday morning before it started raining again causing roads to flood as many rivers and streams were already swollen.

The weather bureau at Pointe Larue recorded several sites that had more than 100mm of rain – Pointe Au Sel 184mm, Cascade 137mm and airport 113m – in the 24 hours from 7am on Saturday to 7am on Sunday.

Principal meteorologist Vincent Amelie told Seychelles Nation that more rain fell yesterday compared to Sunday. He added that it rained over almost the whole of Mahe and it was reported that some areas in the north and west of Mahe have been hit by a string of floods.

Mr Amelie noted that the tropical depression, which is responsible for the bad weather, will start to fall apart, putting Mahé and the surrounding islands in a clearer zone.
All essential services have been on duty to deal with any emergency.

The environment department has also beefed up its team with employees of the marine park and landscape divisions.

Environment and Energy Minister, Professor Rolph Payet, noted that they are doing their best to help everyone whose homes or premises have been affected by flood or mud.
He reassured members of the public that additional manpower has been sent to west and north Mahé to deal with the situations there.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has said that children of the Pointe Larue, Anse Aux Pins and Au Cap schools will not attend school for the second consecutive day today and they will be informed when to. This is because the compounds of the three schools have been flooded since Sunday.

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