Explosion and Flooding Lead to State of Emergency in Seychelles

         

Seychelles declares a state of emergency after an explosion at an explosives store causes massive damage amid heavy rainfall and flooding in the Providence area of Mahe.

Emergency Declaration

Authorities in Seychelles have declared a state of emergency after an explosion at an explosives store caused ‘massive damage’ in the Providence area of Mahe.

Flooding and Rainfall

The explosion occurred amid heavy rainfall, adding to the challenges faced by the area, which is already experiencing destructive flooding.

Impact and Measures

As a result of the emergency declaration, residents have been asked to stay at home, with schools closed and movement restricted to essential workers and necessary travel. Emergency services are actively engaged in the affected area, though there is no immediate information on casualties from the blast.

Regional Context

The incident in Seychelles adds to the broader impact of heavy rainfall and flooding in East Africa, which has caused widespread devastation, with hundreds of deaths and millions displaced across the region. Countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and South Sudan have also been grappling with severe flooding exacerbated by the El Niño phenomenon.

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