French Polynesia: the Society archipelago placed on red vigilance for “heavy rains”

The Society archipelago, the most inhabited in French Polynesia, has been placed by Météo France on red vigilance because of the “strengthening of a tropical low pressure system” which will cause heavy rains and the risk of flooding. Thursday 13 January.

This phenomenon does not affect the other four Polynesian archipelagos (Tuamotu, Gambier, Marquesas and Austral Islands).

The presidency of French Polynesia announced the closure of all schools on Friday.

The High Commission (institution representing the French State in Polynesia) has activated a crisis control center and banned “boating, leisure and sports activities”.

Until Saturday morning

He calls for limiting trips, not approaching rivers and not going out in the mountains and at sea.

The islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Bora Bora have been experiencing heavy rains for a week and the soils are saturated with water. Several houses were flooded Thursday, January 13 in Tahiti.

Météo France has recorded rainfall accumulations of 260 liters per square meter in the most affected municipalities. She also noted gusts of wind of up to 100 km / h and heavy seas with troughs of three meters. Heavy rains are expected to continue “at least until Saturday morning”.

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