Cyclone Bansi Possibly Keeping Schools Closed Till Thursday

Bansi is thankfully not being merciless to us. It has been accompanied with huge amounts of rain, filling our reservoirs. The torrential rain will, however, possibly account for a further delay in the resuming of school classes – not that the students will complain of this either!

Students and teachers all across Mauritius must have been overjoyed at the 4 a.m weather bulletin of today when it was announced that a class two warning cyclone is in force in the country. Well, their happiness might extend till Thursday. The current weather conditions will most probably intensify, thereby pressing the authorities to keep educational institutions closed for two more days.

The weather is expected to follow a deteriorating trend towards an increase in torrential rain which will possibly persist till Thursday. Interpreting their ongoing study of the weather, the director of the meteorological station of Vacoas has stated that by tonight, the rain will have increased in intensity. Winds of 200 km/h have been recorded in the eye of the cyclone.

The Disaster Committee is working in close cooperation with the officers of the meteorological station to keep track of the weather conditions, specially that cyclone Bansi is approaching the island more and more. If it continues proceeding in the same direction as it is now, it will be at its closest to Mauritius on Tuesday night to Wednesday.

The minister of Education, Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, has affirmed that they will most probably keep schools closed if the torrential rain persists further, keeping in mind that the security of the students is a priority.

Meanwhile, the torrential rain has proved to be beneficial not only for students, but for the whole population as well. Our reservoirs have been generously filled during the weekend, with Grand-Bassin and Providence being bestowed with the highest amount of rainwater, 27.4 mm and 27.2 mm respectively, followed by Moka with 23mm and Nouvelle-Decouverte with 22.4 mm. Belle-Mare was recorded to have the least recorded amount of rainfall, at 10.8 mm.

The following data illustrate the different towns and villages drenched in the torrential rain of the week-end:

  • Grand-Bassin: 27.4 mm
  • Providence: 27.2 mm
  • Moka: 23 mm
  • Nouvelle-Decouverte: 22.4 mm
  • Quatre-Bornes: 19.7 mm
  • Queen Victoria: 17.2 mm
  • Souillac: 16.4 mm
  • Beaux-Songes: 15.6 mm
  • Mon Loisir Rouillard: 15 mm
  • Pointe-aux-Canonniers: 13 mm
  • Mare-aux-Vacoas: 11.6 mm
  • Albion: 11.4 mm
  • Belle-Mare: 10.8 mm

The data below shows the extent to which our reservoirs have been filled:

  • La Nicolière : 100 %
  • Piton du Milieu : 100 %
  • Mare-Longue : 72, 5 %
  • Midlands : 67, 8 %
  • Mare-aux-Vacoas : 64, 1 %
  • La Ferme : 60 %

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