In Guadeloupe, hit by storm Fiona, “the state of natural disaster will be recognized and the overseas relief fund mobilized”, confirmed Emmanuel Macron, this Sunday. “I asked the Minister Delegate to go there,” said the President of the Republic.
Earlier in the day, the Minister of the Interior and Overseas, Gérald Darmanin, had assured that “the State will be there for our Guadeloupe compatriots”. And to promise a state of natural disaster from “next weekend”.
“With Jean-François Carenco (Delegate Minister in charge of Overseas Territories), we have decided to speed up the procedure for recognizing the state of natural disaster”, writes Gérald Darmanin. “As of the end of next week, we will sign it with my colleagues from the Government,” he added.
The state of natural disaster already recognized in May
Sixth tropical system of the season in the Atlantic, storm Fiona had moved away from the archipelago on Saturday. The vigilance in force returned to orange on Saturday for “heavy rains and thunderstorms”, after 24 hours of red vigilance, according to a bulletin published by Météo France published at 5:16 p.m. (11:16 p.m. Paris time).
A man died “carried away with his house” by the waves of a flooded river, the prefecture had indicated on Saturday.
In this archipelago of the Lesser Antilles very concerned by climate change, the state of natural disaster had already been recognized in May for several municipalities affected at the end of April by floods which had killed one person.