Tahiti, December 14, 2022 – The equipment, the municipalities, the services of the Country and the State have coordinated or directly intervened in nearly 150 interventions since Thursday following the heavy rains, winds and swells which affected the Society Archipelago. No victims are to be deplored, but several dozen victims have been evacuated due to flooding in homes.
Much damage, caused by severe weather, has been to be deplored since the beginning of the week. These intensified on Thursday and Friday. The agents of the equipment service have been heavily solicited on the roads to restore circulation and reinforce the safety of users. The presidency provided an update on the operations carried out following the deplored damage. The authorities call for the greatest vigilance, especially for the inhabitants of the edges of rivers or large gutters. Travel should be limited due to the risk of falling trees, stones or landslides.
Summary of interventions
In the Leeward Islands, response teams have been operating since Monday. The most common missions are related to pruning (Raiatea, Huahine and Tahaa), clearance due to landslides (Raiatea, Huahine and Bora Bora), cleaning of rivers and gutters due to flooding (Tahaa and Maupiti ). About fifteen interventions were carried out Thursday on Tahiti, in particular on the east coast: pruning (Taravao and Mahina), cleaning of flooded roads due to high flow of rivers, waterfalls or gutters (Afaahiti, Tiarei, Papenoo, Mahina and Punaauia ), clearances due to landslides (Papenoo and Toahotu) and landslides (Papenoo). In Moorea, the flooding of the roadway located at the service station (PK 0) was caused by gutter saturation.
The bad weather continued to cause damage. On Thursday evening, soil erosion resulting in a crack in the half-carriageway was reported. Friday morning, other landslides and falling trees condemned the road to Faaone, Hitia’a and Mahaena. An accident also took place during the descent from Tahara’a to Mahina (meaning Mahina – Papeete). In total, no less than 150 operations have been recorded in the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands. No victims are to be deplored, but several dozen victims have been evacuated due to flooding in homes.