In a significant development, Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan declared a state of emergency on Thursday, following a catastrophic blast at an explosives depot and severe rain-induced damage in an industrial area. The substantial destruction in the Providence Industrial zone on Mahe, the main island, coupled with widespread flooding and damage due to heavy rainfall, has plunged the region into chaos.
The Unraveling Crisis
The explosion in the explosives depot triggered 'massive damage' to the Providence Industrial zone and surrounding areas on Mahe, the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago. As if the explosion was not disastrous enough, heavy rainfall aggravated the situation, resulting in further 'major destruction' and widespread flooding.
Emergency Measures Enforced
In response to the double jeopardy, the government acted promptly, instructing residents to stay at home and closing all schools. The movement has been restricted to only essential service workers and persons traveling. The measures are necessary to ensure safety and manage the crisis while the authorities assess the extent of the damage and plan their next steps.
Seychelles: Africa's Least Populous Country
Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, is Africa's least populous country. It is home to approximately 100,000 people who are now facing unprecedented challenges due to the explosion and the resultant flooding. The unfolding situation has brought the focus on this small yet resilient African nation.