Small quake surprises Mauritius and La Réunion

Small quake surprises Mauritius and La Réunion

Residents of Mauritius had a mild surprise late Tuesday when a magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit beneath the ocean at 11:25 p.m. local time, striking between the Indian Ocean island and neighboring La Réunion. There were no reports of serious damage or injuries, but the shaking got a lot of attention…

Mauritius to support farmers hard-hit by cyclone flooding

Mauritius to support farmers hard-hit by cyclone flooding

Electricity has been restored, water supply is intact and officials on Mauritius have identified roads and drainage systems needing repair because of Cyclone Berguitta – but food supply remains a problem in the short term. Heavy rainfall impacted farmers and about 75 percent of local vegetable production, said Mahen Kumar…

In Comoros, Africa’s island nations talk disaster preparedness

Africa’s island nations in the Indian Ocean are increasingly vulnerable to natural disaster and need to urgently make a priority of their community resilience and preparedness, says the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). “The devastating humanitarian and economic impact of natural disasters…