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March 31, 2013

Heavy Rains: Eighth Death in the Floods in Port Louis

It is the sixth drowned pedestrian tunnel leading to the Port Louis Waterfront. One woman died of a arrêt cardiaque, Great River and a man fell into the stream of Thumb.

The record flooding in the capital burdened with an eighth victim found in the late evening on Saturday 30 March. The first two victims were rescued in the middle of the afternoon this Saturday, March 30, 2013, by the National Coast Guard in the underpass linking the military base at Port Louis Waterfront. This is Sylvia and Jeffrey Wright, the wife and son of former Lord Mayor, Alan Wright. They were aged between 46 and 18 years respectively. They worked in a tobacco shop located in the tunnel at the time of tragedy. The identity of the third victim is at present unknown.

A little later, the corpse Keshav Ramdharry was extracted from the tunnel. He also worked in shops operating in the underpass. And it was only after the body of his friend, Vikesh Moosai was brought to the surface. Both residents Vacoas were aged about 25 years.

And late evening two other bodies were extirpated tunnel.

Another body, that of a woman was recovered near the "channel Dayot" in Grande-Rivière by volunteers. The woman died of cardiac arrest after the shock suffered emotional when she found herself in trouble due to the rising waters.

In the late afternoon, the lifeless body of Retnon Sithanen was found near the Thumb Creek next to the cinema Majestic. The Tranquebar resident who fell in the canal earlier.

Meanwhile, several other people were missing in Port-Louis as Grande-Rivière. The police helicopters patrolled both regions throughout the afternoon until the nightfall.

We also learn that a motorist was rescued in Grande-Rivière, by elements of the Intervention Group of the Mauritian Police (GIPM), embedded by a police helicopter.

The main streets of the capital were trapped for more than four hours. It was only early evening traffic was back to normal.

Despite the lull in the late afternoon, the station of Vacoas recommends extreme caution since the rain would continue to fall on the island until early next week. No warning of torrential rain is, however effective. The forecaster Prem Pathak says the station has recorded more than 100 mm of rain in many areas in 24 hours. " Now, to issue a notice of torrential rains, requires that 100 mm of rain were recorded in several regions in 12 hours and the bad weather continues , "he says.

 

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