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Deadly flooding strikes Mauritius capital Port Louis

Kevan Karanjia, Staff Writer
March 31, 2013 — At least 10 people are reported dead in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis after sudden heavy rains sparked massive flooding.

Port Louis flooded. Mauritius is best known as a top-end holiday destination
Port Louis flooded. Mauritius is best known as a top-end holiday destination

Residents of the Mauritian capital Port Louis are suffering from severe flooding after heavy rains lashed the city this weekend. 

10 people have been reported dead but that number could increase over the coming days. 

Six of the victims were recovered from underground facilities that flooded rapidly. 

According to officials, 152 millimetres of rain fell in less than an hour. 

That is 70 millimetres less than the March average. 

Huge traffic jams were reported on the island as people tried to escape to higher ground. 

April 1st has been declared a national day of mourning by the Prime Minister, Navin Rangoolam. 

Relief is in sight as the rain is expected to continue into Monday. 

Mauritius is a former French and British colony in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa. 

In recent years officials from the country have become more vocal on climate change with the increasing frequency of major storms over the island.

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