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15 May, 2006

Suriname Field Assessment: Suriname river up to Djumu

Here's a report from a general assessment mission to the Suriname river up to Djumu conducted on 13th and 14th of May by UNDAC:

Life is getting back to normal. The most urgent needs of food, water and shelter are met. The currenent needs are: compensation for damaged crops, replacement of damaged foodstocks, school material, repair of generators for electricity supply, fuel, medicine stock, repair or replacement of hand tools for woodwork and reconstruction of houses. Following are specific information of regions:

Djumu and surrounding villages:
  • Need for technicians to repair electrical motors of tools and machines for woodwork and brick production.
  • All of school material is damaged.
  • 75% of the houses are not inhabited yet because of wet floors, people sleep in other houses.
  • 100% of the agricultural plots are completely damaged
  • 70% of the stored food is gone.
  • The water purification plant for the whole area is functioning well.
  • The electricity supply is working
  • No accute food shortage
  • Need for medicine replenish and stock
Semoissie
  • 150 of the 300 houses are flooded.
  • Medical mission is functioning well
  • The aggregate used for electricity supply is damaged and needs an expert to repair.
  • The normal source of drinking water is the river. People are reluctant to return to this normal routine due to assumed pollution (my own impression is that the water quality of the mainstream is not different from the normal conditions due to the huge quantity of water and moving speed and absence of pollution sources.
  • 50% of agricultural grounds are damaged
  • All school material is gone.
Botopasie
  • The NGOs (red cross) have made a detailed inventory of the needs & damages and forwarded this to the NCCR
  • Only part of the expected food packages have arrived.
  • Medical mission is not functioning well due to a lack of personnel and stock.
  • The aggregate used for electricity supply is damaged and needs an expert to repair.
  • There is a lack of fuel (boats and aggregates) to perform the distribution of goods.
  • The normal source of drinking water is the river. People are reluctant to return to this normal routine due to assumed pollution.
  • 100% of agricultural grounds are damaged
  • All of school material is gone.
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