Mauritius flash flood: Further rain, floods expected after at least 10 drowned in Port Louis, 80+ injured. 152mm (6in) of rain fell in less than an hour- 010413 0000z

(Recovery of the 10th flood victim. Video credit: Jameel Peerally)

(Video above: Kurt Avish)

(Video credit: Binda Vivek)

At least 10 people have been killed in flash floods in Mauritius and more downpours could be on the way, officials and the Indian Ocean island’s meteorological service said on Sunday.

The deaths occurred on Saturday and most of the victims were trapped in an underpass leading to the Caudan Waterfront, a commercial area in Port Louis. Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam said on Sunday that Port Louis had a torrential downpour with 152 mm falling in two hours.

“The speed of the torrents of water has led to tragic loss of life and heavy damage to property,” he said, adding that he was declaring Monday a day of mourning.
The Mauritius meteorological service said showers were expected overnight and on Monday, with isolated thunderstorms that could cause further floods.
Sunday, 31 March, 2013 at 19:30 (07:30 PM) UTC RSOE

News Reports

Deadly floods hit Mauritius capital Port Louis

BBC NEWS 31 March 2013 Last updated at 19:59

Wrecked cars in Port Louis - 30 March The floods brought chaos to Port Louis city centre

At least 11 people have died after sudden rains caused flooding in the Mauritian capital Port Louis on Saturday, officials have said.

At least eight of the victims were caught in underground areas as the flood waters rose rapidly. Another died of a heart attack.

The island’s metereologists said 152mm (6in) of rain fell in less than an hour, 70mm less than the March average.

Prime Minister Navin Rangoolam declared 1 April a day of mourning.

Speaking on national radio, he said Mauritius was suffering badly from the effects of climate change.

Mauritius map

The floods caused chaos in the city, with a huge traffic jam paralysing its centre, L’Express de Maurice newspaper reported.

A BBC reporter in the city says the bodies of six people were recovered from a pedestrian subway and another two from an underground car park.

Resident Ameeksha Dichand told the BBC she had been unable to go outside because it was raining so heavily, though people did venture out on Sunday to inspect the damage.

“The roads are blocked and there is mud everywhere. Trees have fallen all over the place,” she said.

“If people couldn’t rely on their neighbours so much to help them, then we would have lost more lives. I am so angry at the authorities.”

More rain was expected on Sunday, and people were advised to stay at home.

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