Cyclone Batsirai was devastating in Reunion.

In order to compensate the victims after at least 80 deaths and heavy material damage, the Minister of Overseas Territories, Sébastien Lecornu, announced on Wednesday that 19 municipalities in Reunion have been classified as in a situation of natural disaster.

In total, 24 files were studied after the “numerous” material damage caused by the gusts of the cyclone which skirted the coasts of the Indian island on February 3 and 4.

“The municipalities which could not be the subject of this classification will see their file investigated at a next meeting”, specified Sébastien Lecornu before the Senate.

oil cleaning

In addition, on the agricultural calamity component, “the files are being finalized”, assured the minister who must go to the Meeting from February 12 to 15.

As for the Mauritian tanker Tresta Star, stranded on the south coast of the island during the storm, “the first expert missions are taking place”.

"They show traces of hydrocarbons which are linked to previous transport of heavy fuel oil and therefore we have obviously put the shipowner on notice", indicated the Minister.

“The first cleaning and pumping operations will take place”, a specialized boat will be “soon on site”, he specified.

1,600 households without electricity

The eleven sailors on board the tanker, which was sailing empty, had been recovered after a complicated rescue operation in stormy seas.

In addition, if the road sector and the airport are functioning normally again, 1,600 customers remain without electricity out of the 72,000 registered at the end of the red alert on Saturday.

The drinking water supply has been restored and schools have reopened.


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