Flooding in Suriname

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Boatride down the Lawa

I arrived in Suriname late night (early morning...1am) on the 23rd to support the Suriname Red Cross, as they assist families affected by the recent floods.

The first several days here were spent on assisting the Suriname Red Cross in reparing a plan of action and to initiate the steps to launch an international appeal for financial assistance (see link below).

http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/08/MDRSR002EA.pdf

Thursday the 26th, myself and an ECHO (European Commission for Humanitarian Aid) representative took a chartered flight down to the affected area for a rapid assessment.  The trip was both beautiful and humbling, due to the vast jungle coupled with the extensive flooding in the region.

The only way to access the area is via charter flight, and then you are required to take boats to the communities.  No sight of snakes, thank goodness, however, we did stall on the river ride, as someone stole the gas from the tank of boat and replaced it with water, and thus flooded the engine.  We were fortunate that another boat passed and towed us to the nearest village within about 15 minutes.

Below are the fotos from the assessment. 

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Boatride down the Lawa
Boatride down the Lawa
Village flooded near Drietabbetje
Village flooded near Drietabbetje
On the Lawa river
On the Lawa river
View form Drietabbetje
View form Drietabbetje
View from Drietabbetje
View from Drietabbetje
Village flooded near Drietabbetje
Village flooded near Drietabbetje
Village flooded near Drietabbetje
Village flooded near Drietabbetje
School children BOAT to school eac…
School children BOAT to school ea…
Village flooded near Drietabbetje
Village flooded near Drietabbetje
The only way to travel in between …
The only way to travel in between…
Suriname Red Cross assessments
Suriname Red Cross assessments
Charter flight to inland Suriname
Charter flight to inland Suriname
Suriname Red Cross Disaster Office…
Suriname Red Cross Disaster Offic…
View from charter flight to inland…
View from charter flight to inlan…
View from charter flight to inland…
View from charter flight to inlan…
View from charter flight to inland…
View from charter flight to inlan…
View from charter flight to inland…
View from charter flight to inlan…
View from charter flight to inland…
View from charter flight to inlan…
View from charter flight to inland…
View from charter flight to inlan…
View from charter flight to inland…
View from charter flight to inlan…
Quick shot in the co-pilots seat (…
Quick shot in the co-pilots seat …
Airport at Drietabbetje (inland …
"Airport" at Drietabbetje (inland…
There is the plane...
There is the plane...
Welcome to Drietabbetje
Welcome to Drietabbetje
Drietabbetje pay phone!
Drietabbetje pay phone!
Suriname Red Cross and ECHO in boat
Suriname Red Cross and ECHO in boat
Suriname Red Cross assessment team…
Suriname Red Cross assessment tea…
Drietabbetje assessment team member
Drietabbetje assessment team member
Drietabbetje houses
Drietabbetje houses
Daniel from ECHO makes a call from…
Daniel from ECHO makes a call fro…
Drietabbetje locals bathing
Drietabbetje locals bathing
Village flooded near Drietabbetje
Village flooded near Drietabbetje
The boats gas take was stolen and …
The boats gas take was stolen and…
Village flooded near Drietabbetje
Village flooded near Drietabbetje
School children BOAT to school eac…
School children BOAT to school ea…
School children BOAT to school eac…
School children BOAT to school ea…
School children BOAT to school eac…
School children BOAT to school ea…
Local children play in the water
Local children play in the water
A monkey putting on a show...
A monkey putting on a show...
look at me
"look at me"
Monkey hugging wood...
Monkey hugging wood...
Local children play in a village..…
Local children play in a village.…
A street sign for the 20 or so peo…
A street sign for the 20 or so pe…
Look at my boots
"Look at my boots"
Flyover of gold operation inland
Flyover of gold operation inland
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