PARAMARIBO, Suriname (BP)--As the muddy floodwaters of Suriname’s Tapanahoni River recede, thousands of Aukan villagers who live along the river are welcoming a flood of a another kind: help, and lots of it.
Rice, anti-malaria drugs, gasoline and hundreds of thousands of dollars in relief funds are pouring into the country’s waterlogged interior, and the International Mission Board is playing a critical role in addressing what the Surinamese government calls an “unprecedented” crisis.
|Due to recent flooding along the Tapanahoni River of Suriname’s interior, several villages are now underwater. During this time of crisis, a ministry called Radio Paakati is providing emergency broadcasts to flood victims. |
Days of torrential rains swamped Suriname’s remote rainforest during the week of May 8, forcing an estimated 22,000 people from their homes and severely affecting another 15,000, according to a United Nations disaster assessment and coordination team. At their height, floodwaters inundated more than 10,000 to 15,500 square miles as rivers rose to levels not seen in recent memory.