Tropical storm Fiona: Guadeloupe recovers somehow

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Tropical storm Fiona, which hit Guadeloupe hard last weekend, left behind a victim and considerable damage. Dispatched to the archipelago, the Minister Delegate for Overseas Territories, Jean-François Carenco, promised emergency aid while the president of the department, Guy Losbar, for his part called for a “major reconstruction plan” costed at “more than a billion euros”.

Guadeloupe is recovering somehow after the deadly passage of the storm Fiona on the archipelago. With the torrential rains, the rivers turned into torrents last weekend. Two bridges have collapsed, six others are weakened. At the request of Emmanuel Macron, the Minister of Overseas, Jean-François Carenco, went there.

Operation against illegal immigration in Mayotte: 200 kwassas were destroyed on Tuesday by the authorities. It is aboard these makeshift boats that illegal immigrants board to get to the island from the Comoros.

In Guyana, a 180 degree turn for the Cayenne prosecutor, who had decided to no longer prosecute cocaine seizures of less than 1.5 kg. Faced with the outcry caused by this decision, he announced on Wednesday the end of his experiment started in July.

At least 500 kg of cocaine were seized on a sailboat on Wednesday in Papeete. Two people of Swedish nationality were taken into custody. This seizure by Customs and the National Police confirms the maritime route taken by drug traffickers from Latin America to Australia and New Zealand.

Another seizure, this time off Martinique: 1.3 tons of cocaine, also on board a sailboat. The three crew members were arrested. A record seizure, the seventh of the year for local authorities.

It’s a new black gold for the environment: biochar – vegetable charcoal. Today, it is one of the only existing means of trapping carbon in plants. It also has the advantage of retaining water in the soil and fertilizing it. In Wallis and Futuna, farmers have been trained in this ancestral technique, recognized by climate experts.

The good idea of ​​the week is in a huge garden in French Polynesia, more precisely in the Tuamotu archipelago. The local direction of agriculture studies there in particular the culture of table grapes.

Finally, in Réunion, the collector Jean-René Ferrere owns more than 700 musical instruments. Some are well known in tropical latitudes, such as the conch conch, others… much rarer.

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