The Guadeloupe flooded by heavy rainfall
Level orange alert was triggered by Météo France late Monday afternoon.
Someone, probably washed away is missing Tuesday, May 8 in the morning in Guadeloupe, where roads were cut and several common areas flooded after heavy rains. Sections of several roads were cut by sudden and strong rises. Several neighborhoods, especially in Pointe-à-Pitre, the Abymes and Gosier, were flooded, according to the prefecture.
The water level reached 1.50 to 1.80 parts per meter, according to testimony broadcast by local radio stations. The municipalities of Pointe-à-Pitre and Abymes opened schools to accommodate the survivors of the road. In a status report released Tuesday at 2 pm local time (8:00 in Paris), the prefecture said that "all the missing persons were found, except for one person who was washed away in a channel Abymes, according a witness. "
The services of the State have recorded about eighty interventions firefighters and police officers to rescue and shelter "sixty-three people trapped in their vehicles or in flooded homes." "One person required transport to the hospital," said the prefecture.
The two main islands radios, Radio Caribbean International (RCI) and the first Radio Guadeloupe (France Télévisions), continued Tuesday morning their special programs, which serve as links to families, many listeners indicating that their cell phone is dead. A Pointe-à-Pitre, the municipality has opened on the night of Monday to Tuesday, the Leon-Feix primary school to accommodate shipwrecked off the road. A similar initiative was taken by the neighboring town of Abymes, which opened two "safe havens". They made the announcement via radio.
The province announced Monday evening, two hours after the onset of heavy rains, "the level of orange alert was triggered by Météo France at 19 h 30" local. She noted in a statement, "localized flooding" and "an increase in interventions of emergency services for homes and businesses flooded or blocked portions of roads." The rain, which stopped Tuesday at 2 pm local time (8:00 in Paris) could resume in the day Tuesday. "The public is invited to stay to listen to the information disseminated by radio and remain very vigilant in assessing the weather situation," advises the prefecture.
Bulletin Météo France for Guadeloupe