Suriname

Flooding 2008 South Suriname situation analysis 16 June 2008

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I. Introduction

Since some weeks there have been relatively heavy rains in all of South Suriname, following a rather 'wet' and short dry season. Rainfall increased over the past few days with high peaks in the weekends of 1 and June 2008. This led to flooding of especially the Tapanahony and Marowijne rivers, partly or fully submerging various villages, their agricultural plots and other surrounding lands. The following areas are most affected:

- Tapanahoni and Lawa area
- Upper Marowijne area
- Coeroeni area

Although the situation is not as extensive as during the emergency situation of May/June 2006, it can still be concluded, based on the available information, that there is a critical situation with far reaching impacton the local population. This will be further elaborated upon in following sections of this report.

II. Methodology

The following information sources and methods have been utilized in preparing the current report:

1. NCCR Situation Analysis of 12 June 2008 by which NCCR reported in writing to the Government of Suriname;

2. Observations from local military posts, the government service department (Bestuursdienst) of the District Commissioner's Office of the Sipaliwini district, various government ministries including Ministries of Regional Development, Health, Agriculture; the Suriname Red Cross; the Medical Mission and various NGOs operating in the Interior;

3. Information received from inhabitants or visitors from the affected areas;

4. Analysis of daily field reports and updates, among others from the Aviation Service and the Meteorological Service.

III. Current situation

a. Affected areas

The areas affected are in the Southern part of Suriname, more in particular the district of Sipaliwini. In terms of human population, the following administrative resorts have been affected to–date:

Area (river basins)
Approximate
total
population
Percentage of
displaced
population
Areas mostly
affected
Nr. of population
severely affected
Upper Saramacca
1,937
0%
Pusugrunu, Nyun
Jacobkondre, Bigi
Poika
Upper Suriname
24,138
0%
Dyumu, Semoisi,
Pikin Slee
Coeroeni and
Kabalebo
1,415
0%
Kwamalasamutu,
Alalapadu,
Sipaliwini, Lucie,
Kasju, Amatopu
Upper Marowijne
13,200
30%
Langatabiki,
Snesikondre,
Apomatapu,
Lokaloka, Nason,
Sikin Tabiki
3,960
Lawa
1,365
35%
Cottica (dorp),
Benzdorp,
Kawemhaken
and surroundings
478
Tapanahoni
7,035
30%
Tepu, Palumeu,
Apetina
2,110
Total
49,090
6,548