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Floods in Suriname Situation Report, May 10
Nature of the disaster
Flooding, due to continued torrential rainfall over the period starting around 1 May 2006.
The area affected is the whole Southern part of Suriname, more in particular the districts of Sipaliwini and Brokondo.
- Confirmed deaths: inventory pending
- Injured: inventory pending
- Displaced/ homeless: 22,141 (estimate)
- Mostly damage to houses and buildings (stone and wood) and roads.
- River ports and airstrips partly inaccessible.
- Telecommunication partly disabled.
- Electricity damaged in all affected areas.
- Meteorological reports predict further heavy rainfall within the next few days.
- Population movements expected.
- Expectation of diarrhoea epidemic.
- There may be a sudden increase in mercury levels due to release of mercury from small-scale gold mining areas.
- Some of the medical centres are flooded, but most are still operational.
- Evacuation decided for two badly affected areas.
- Assessment of relief needs is currently being undertaken.
- Affected areas have been publicly announced disaster areas by the President of Suriname on May 8, 2006.
- A United Nations Disaster Management Team has been set up.
- A request for support has been sent to BCPR and OCHA, pending the receipt of the situation analysis and needs analysis.
- Other international organizations and embassies are also awaiting formal request letters.