The rainy season brings its share of good and bad things; so much awaited by the population, but the precipitations because of their intensity caused enormous damage in the village of Acoua in the night from Monday to Tuesday.
Several districts, houses, the town hall flooded; vehicles were washed away; it is a sad sight in this village, unfortunately used to flooding; we still remember the damage caused by Cyclone Hélène in 2014.
The waters have invaded the village
The inhabitants of Acoua were woken up that night, surprised by the rising waters; heavy rains have brought rivers out of their beds; the dikes gave way according to the testimonies of the inhabitants. For the time being, no injuries have been reported, but the material damage is substantial. The images, photos and videos circulating on social networks show the intensity of the rains.
It is the entire lower part of the village that is especially concerned. Several schools (Acoua 1 and 2) are affected; and roads / alleys are impassable. The work of the firefighters was made difficult since the road where they are located, “route de Marouvatou”, is impassable.
Water has washed away everything in its path; the inhabitants attended helpless, trying to save what they could; the cars, some of which are new, have finished their races several meters far from their usual parking place. And as with every heavy rain, the waste was carried away; garbage of all kinds piling up in the middle of the streets.
Pile of all kinds of objects in the streets
This morning again, it was impossible to reach the village of M’liha, following a landslide on the section of road that leads to Bonsoleil. The damage is significant, the agents of the town hall have their work cut out for them.
Prefect Jean-François Colombet is expected on site.
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