· ·

Heavy downpour causes severe flooding in French Guiana

heavy-downpour-causes-severe-flooding-in-french-guiana

Torrential rains affecting French Guiana from May 2, 2020, caused severe flooding and resulted in the evacuation of hundreds of residents in Saint-Laurent du Maroni. Much of the Camopi-Trois Sauts commune was almost entirely submerged.

About 127 mm (5 inches) of rain was recorded in Saint Laurent du Maroni in a 48-hour period to May 4.

The Saint Laurent creek became swollen afterward, prompting 139 people to evacuate their homes, according to the government. 99 people were provided with temporary accommodation in a local sports stadium, including 77 children.

In Camopi-Trois Sauts commune in the central-eastern region, up to 80 percent of residents had their homes inundated after the Oyapock river burst its banks. Around 1 800 people reside in the area.

Flooding was also reported in the coastal region, specifically in the district of Kourou. Roads were blocked by floodwaters, which triggered major traffic problems.

Moderate to heavy rain is forecast over the central and northern areas into Wednesday, May 7.

Featured image credit: Prefect of Guiana

If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.

Share:

Producing content you read on this website takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. If you value what we do here, select the level of your support and register your account.

Your support makes this project fully self-sustainable and keeps us independent and focused on the content we love to create and share.

All our supporters can browse the website without ads, allowing much faster speeds and a clean interface. Your comments will be instantly approved and you’ll have a direct line of communication with us from within your account dashboard. You can suggest new features and apps and you’ll be able to use them before they go live.

You can choose the level of your support.

Stay kind, vigilant and ready!

$5 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$50 /year

$10 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$100 /year

$25 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Instant comments
  • Direct communication
  • New features and apps suggestions
  • Early access to new apps and features

$200 /year

You can also support us by sending us a one-off payment using PayPal:

Leave a reply