Flooding in Suriname
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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).
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.