Seychelles President James Michel has expressed his “great distress and dismay” following the flashfloods that have struck Port Louis, where there has been loss of life and widespread damage was caused.
In his message to Mauritian Prime Minister, Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, President Michel extended Seychelles’ solidarity with its sister island of Mauritius.
“In this time of national mourning, I wanted to personally assure you of our solidarity and support, as the people of Mauritius attempt to come to terms with this loss. Please accept on my own behalf and the people of Seychelles our deepest condolences on your terrible loss,” said the President.
The President said that the people of Seychelles and Mauritius are linked by more than just history, sharing a thread of kinship which means that such tragedies are keenly felt by all Seychellois families.
“We share your grief at this moment and extend to you our most heartfelt and sincere sympathies. The Mauritian people, and in particular those families who have lost loved ones, are in our thoughts and prayers. This tragedy comes at a time where our region is still reeling from a number of natural disasters, including the disastrous rains that struck Seychelles in the aftermath of the Tropical Depression Felleng in January and catastrophic destruction caused by cyclone Haruna in Madagascar in February. The vulnerability of our islands is further illustrated in the wake of these events.”
The President said that Seychelles will strengthen its resolve to further improve regional cooperation in disaster reduction and mitigation, while becoming even more determined to speak out strongly – and with one voice – against the catastrophic impact of climate change and extreme weather events on islands.
“Please rest assured of our support in this moment of great difficulty for the nation of Mauritius. I have every confidence that your personal resolve and leadership will also provide inspiration for Mauritius’ society as a whole to emerge from this tragedy as a stronger, more united, and determined society,” the President said.
A national day of mourning was declared on the island of Mauritius after at least 11 people died in the flashfloods.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP).