Flooding Saturday March 30: The Deadliest Natural Disaster in Mauritius for Over 50 Years

9 years, 2 months ago - April 09, 2013
The floods last Saturday, March 30, which killed 11 people in Port-Louis, are the deadliest that the country has known for more than 50 natural disaster.

There have to go flashback to Hurricane Jenny end of February 1962, which had 14 victims, to identify as many deaths during a natural disaster in Mauritius. Two years before, in 1960, the infamous Hurricane Catol himself had even more casualties: 39 dead.

14 dead, 125 injured, 8,000 homeless, food crops and other sugar plantations ravaged: such was the assessment of losses caused by Jenny cyclone which the flow velocity was particularly fast. Which, moreover, had to take the island by surprise. Again, it was mainly in the area Port-louisienne we regretted most gtand casualties.

Apart from Carol and Jenny, the most deadly natural disasters since 1960 were cyclones Alix (1960 always) who made seven dead, Gervaise (1975) with 9 dead and Hollanda (1994) - two deaths. In 1945, another intense cyclone that visited the island this year was, he killed 15 and that of 29 April 1892 some 1,100 deaths, according to the estimates of the time.

 

Text by Le Mauricien

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