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US News: On Mauritius, early rains cause the first floods

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Local media reported heavy rains and flash floods in southeast Mauritius . Nine people were rescued and evacuated from the flooded areas of Bambusa Viryo. The bus carrying schoolchildren trapped in the rise of water in Bambus Virio had to help the police. This amount corresponds to twice the average monthly rainfall for April in this place. About 200 mm of the total fell in just a few hours (from 04:00 to 10:00) in the early morning of April 16.

Flash floods are the most dangerous kind of floods , because they combine the destructive power of a flood with incredible speed. Flash floods occur when heavy rainfall exceeds the ability of the ground to absorb it. They also occur when water fills normally dry creeks or streams or enough water accumulates for streams to overtop their banks, causing rapid rises of water in a short amount of time. They can happen within minutes of the causative rainfall , limiting the time available to warn and protect the public.

Inondations à l'île Maurice (photo d'archive). © Abdoolah Earally / RFI floods in Mauritius (archive photo).

Weathering arrived earlier than expected this year. Barely the end of the end of the year ended, part of the population was surprised by showers and its consequences: floods. Neither the inhabitants nor the authorities were prepared for the precocity of the summer rains.

with our correspondent in Port-Louis, Abdoolah Early

if there is no real season in Mauritius, it is nevertheless use that the Mauritians are preparing for periods very watered in February and March, With serious flood risks like March 2013, sad memory.

This summer the population attended a triple unusual event. Winter extended until September, then the most arid November ever recorded, and at this moment an unexpected rainy episode. This forced the weather station to transmit as early as 6 January rains.

The early phenomenon has generated floods and tree falls. Emergency services were not prepared for such a scenario at the beginning of the year, especially since there are nine months ago, they were on the ball joints for the same reasons.

Time Diseases puts new pressures on emergency services. Well-honed to intervene in cyclonic times, they must now be reluctant to cope with potentially devastating rainy episodes on the island.

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