This analysis suggest that:
The average annual direct losses from earthquakes, floods and tropical cyclones are over $110 million.
The 100-year return period loss from all perils is over $1.9 billion, or over 16% of Mauritius's 2015 GDP.
The 250-year return period loss from all perils could be nearly $3.6 billion, or over 30% of Mauritius's 2015 GDP.
The World Risk Report (UNU, 2015) ranks the Republic of Mauritius seventh among the 15 most exposed countries to natural hazards, namely sea-level rise, cyclones and floods; and thirteenth among 171 countries for its disaster risk. However, being aware of climate change challenges, the Government of Mauritius has initiated studies more than a decade ago and subsequently took action to develop adaptation and mitigation strategies.
By Denis McClean
BALACLAVA, Mauritus, 25 November 2016 - African countries held a special session yesterday to mark the creation of World Tsunami Awareness Day as they acknowledged a rare but deadly threat which has come to be a worldwide symbol of disaster risk since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami claimed some 230,000 lives.
By Denis McClean
BALACLAVA, Mauritius, 23 November 2016 - Host country Mauritius is using this week’s Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to profile the challenges facing small island developing states (SIDS) battling a rise in climate-related disasters which constitute an existential threat to many of them.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Food production fell in 2015
Inflation rate falls below levels of previous year
About 40 percent of Mauritius’ surface is used for cultivation, of which roughly 90 percent is sugarcane, with the remaining land planted with tea, tobacco and a few food crops.
Food crop production declined in 2015
Rome, le 26 mai 2016 – La République de Maurice et le Fonds international des Nations Unies pour le développement agricole (FIDA) ont signé aujourd'hui un accord d'Assistance technique remboursable (ATR) pour le développement du secteur des semences du pays; une première étape importante pour accroître la production des cultures vivrières et pour la sécurité alimentaire des communautés locales.
Rome, 26 May 2016 – The Republic of Mauritius and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a Reimbursable Technical Assistance (RTA) agreement today to develop the country’s seed sector, an important first step to increasing food production and food security for local communities.
The agreement was signed in Port Louis by Mahen Kumar Seeruttun, Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security of Mauritius, and by Sana F.K. Jatta, Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Division of IFAD.
Port Louis, Mauritius, July 23 2015 – Mauritius has become the 15th member country in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to sign its national Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Compact.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Food production declines in 2014
Inflation eases at start of 2015
About 40 percent of the Mauritius’ Island surface is being used for cultivation, of which roughly 90 percent is sugar cane, the balance being tea, tobacco and few food crops.
GIS - 21 January 2015: An Early Warning System for incoming storm surge, swells and tsunamis will be set up before the next cyclonic season which will start from 15 November 2015. The project will be financed by the Global Environment Fund jointly with the UNDP.
GIS - 19 January 2015: The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre submitted a report to give an overview of the situation prevailing in the country following the passage of Cyclone Bansi.
According to the report a total of 1,400 refugees attended the 14 refugee evacuation centres opened throughout the country. A bridge had partly collapsed at Notre Dame, and there were landslides at Kewal Nagar, and at Camp Thorel, there was an access problem at the bus terminal. Appropriate remedial action is being taken, the reports also mentions.
Mauritius - Tropical Cyclone BANSI
• BANSI passed off the north-eastern coast of Rodrigues early in the morning of 16 January, as an intense Tropical Cyclone.
• Heavy rainfall and strong winds have affected the island and may continue for the next 12 h.
• In the next 48h it is forecast to continue moving south-east over the Indian Ocean, weakening.
Madagascar - Tropical Cyclone CHEDZA
• Tropical Cyclone BANSI moved eastsoutheast over the south-western Indian Ocean on 12 January, significantly strengthening, becoming a very intense Tropical Cyclone.
• On 13 January at 6.00 UTC, it had max. sustained winds of 241 km/h and its centre was located over water, approx. 300 km north of the island of Mauritius.
• Tropical Cyclone BANSI formed in the south-west Indian Ocean on 11 January and started moving southeast and then east, significantly strengthening. On 12 January at 6.00 UTC it had max. sustained winds of 185 km/h and its centre was located over sea, approx. 355 km north-west of the island of Mauritius.
The newly formed Tropical Cyclone Bansi is forecast to pass about 200 km north-east of Mauritius around 15 January, possibly as a powerful Category 4 Tropical Cyclone with associated sustained wind speeds of 209-251 km/h. While not predicted to make landfall, heavy rains and strong winds can be expected to start impacting Mauritius imminently. The French territory of Réunion Island has also already issued an alert.
On 3 November riots broke out in several areas of the capital Lusaka. The protests were against the dismissal of the ruling Patriotic Front’s (PF) secretary-general, Edgar Lungu, by interim President Guy Scott, the acting leader until elections take place.
As the rainy season starts, the Government of Mozambique is preparing for the possibility of floods and has set aside US$32 million of its national budget to deal with the possibility of flooding.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Food and sugar cane production register small declines in 2013
Inflation declines moderately in 2014
DEFENDING AGAINST THE TIDE