- 19 January, 2018: The passage of severe tropical cyclone Berguitta will have an impact on the economy and the inflation, said the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Jugnauth yesterday evening at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis during a press conference after a special Cabinet Meeting to take stock of the situation in the country and the effects of the cyclone.
He expressed his satisfaction that no major damage has been reported to our infrastructure and that there has been no loss in human lives. This, he said resulted from the fact that the population had been adequately sensitised on the threat that cyclone Berguitta represented to Mauritius and on the precautions that needed to be taken.
Prime Minister Jugnauth underlined that the activities of the airport will resume normally as from Friday 19 although that operations have already started in the night as no infrastructural damage have been reported. As for the port, due to prevailing bad weather it is only on Friday that works will resume depending on weather conditions and after a survey is carried. Nevertheless the port will be operational on Friday he added.
He further pointed out that it is too early to assess infrastructural damages around the island but concerning public utilities as far as water supply and electricity distribution the concerned authorities are already working to ensure a prompt normal supply.
The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to thank each and everyone who directly or indirectly contributed to ensure the safety and security of citizens during the cyclonic period. Special mentions were made to the Police force, the National Coast Guard, the SMF, SSU, personnel of hospitals and SAMU and to the media who has played an important role in keeping the population informed during the cyclone.
He congratulated the National Crisis Committee and the National Risk Reduction and Management Centre as well as the Meteorological Services for the excellent work accomplished before and during the cyclone.
The Prime Minister invited the population to give a helping hand in the clean up campaign that starts today. He also made an appeal to the citizens to refrain from throwing their wastes in drains and rivers which result in obstructions and flooding during heavy rainfalls and cyclones.
In the wake of the serious damage sustained by the agricultural sector, the government will come forward with appropriate assistance schemes to help vegetable growers and other stakeholders, he said, adding that vegetables will be imported if the need is felt.
The Prime Minister also informed that the Protocol relating to food distribution in refugee centres during cyclones will be discussed at the level of the Cabinet to see whether it need to be amended.
The Prime Minister made an appeal to the private sector to contribute to the Prime Minister’s Cyclone Relief Fund so as to finance a number of measures.
Pravind Jugnauth also informed that a special Cabinet Meeting will be held early next week to take all measures and decisions needed following the assessment being currently carried out in different sectors.
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