18 May, 2006

Suriname Flooding: Transistion to Rehabilitation & Recovery

According to a situational report released by a relief team earlier today, the general situation in Suriname is stabilizing. The floods have had significant, yet not immediate life-threatening consequences on the affected region. Water levels in the Upper Suriname region have receded although the high water levels do continue to affect populations in the eastern region.

Priority needs at this point in time are fuel, drinking water, replacement of damaged foodstocks, disease surveillance, house cleaning kits, school materials, repair of generators, replacement of hand tools for woodworking (for home repair), and agricultural recovery.

The interntional coordnation is entering into the transition phase from SOS relief to rehabilitation/recovery. INGOs in the affected areas have been been quoted as saying that there is no need for additional international coordination capacity in Suriname. All mapping production for post-floods in Suriname is now being actively carried out by MapAction, a UK NGO who is now in Suriname, the latest disaster relief maps may be be obtained here. We will continue to bring you updates as we receive them.

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