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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


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