It came so quickly on Saturday, 30 March 2013. One minute the person is concentrated in their daily activity and the next torrential rain causes flash flooding and death. It all happened so quickly. The infrastructure was not adequate to deal with the amount and force of the water. Water crashed into buildings, swept away cars and drowned people trapped in underground parking facilities or pedestrian tunnels.
The capital of Mauritius, Port Louis, has been hard hit in a very short time. At the time of writing this, 11 people have lost their lives. Emotions are high and Monday, 1st April has been decreed a day of mourning. Several areas of the capital are in a pitiful state. Shops and homes have been damaged with thick mud everywhere. Clean-up operations have started in the capital.
Not much else to say about this shocking tragedy. Much has been reported in the press and by fellow bloggers. However, with climate change, the time has come to plan and adjust the infrastructure for such eventualities. It can happen again and again and the cost in lives and loss for the economy can be severe.