A person went missing in Guadeloupe on Sunday afternoon, and in the early morning after bad weather that killed two people, vigilance for heavy rains and thunderstorms was lifted, the prefecture said in a statement.
Sunday afternoon, “significant means [étaient] still ongoing” to find a young man “missing, swept by water near Gosier marina” on Saturday morning after heavy rain.
The night from Saturday to Sunday was much calmer than the previous one. “The State Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) did not carry out any activities in connection with the flood,” the prefecture stressed.
A man was found dead in his flooded car in Les Habimes on Saturday morning, and the prefecture also reports the discovery of “a man (…) in his road car in Gosier by firefighters outside the flooded area. The exact circumstances of this death are being specified. is still under investigation.
“Restoration of electricity supply is secured almost throughout” even if “some difficulties remain in the city of Gosier”, according to the same source, pointing out that Pointe-à-Pitre and most of the city of Abemes “suffer significant water cuts”.
On Sunday, some axles remained difficult to pass in Le Gosier and Le Habime (Editor’s note: Grande-Terre municipalities) “due to dirt on the roads”. The prefecture also advised avoiding these areas “which are likely to experience landslides.” Some electric poles are also “supported only by vegetation,” he said.
On a Sunday morning, while the cleaners were still at work, the scenery on the Petit Havre beach in Gosier changed. A resident of the city, 39-year-old Marie Monnery, a sales manager, expressed her “surprise” to AFP.
“My son and I saw an unrecognizable beach, completely transformed, gully, with sand corals,” she said, making sure that her child did not put his head under water because of poor quality water the next day after heavy rains.
According to local media, the May Day parade took place on the streets of Pointe-a-Pitre on Sunday as usual.
On the night from Friday to Saturday, exceptional rainfall hit Guadeloupe. “Precipitation exceeded 300mm, more than during Cyclone Maria in 2017,” the prefecture stressed in a previous press release.
The islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy remain on yellow alert due to “heavy rain and thunderstorms” on Sunday afternoon, according to Météo France Antilles-Guyane. AFP.