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SEYCHELLES: Overall situation / Assessment
 
14 February 2005
  • Severe damage to fishing ports, roads, bridges and public utilities, to an estimated US$30 million. Although small in comparative terms with other tsunami struck countries, the calamity has been disastrous for the small and vulnerable economy of the Seychellles.

  • Coastal farms and the artisanal fishing sector suffered extensively. 92 fishing vessels (27 percent of the artisanal fleet) were damaged and at least 15 vessels sunk. The total cost of the damages and losses to fishing fleet is estimated to be between US$909 000. The two fish processing plants and cold storage facilities located in the Fishing Port in Victoria were also affected.

  • Damages to the entire fisheries sector (including harbour infrastructures and port services) are estimated to over US$ 6 million. The fisheries sector is the major source of foreign exchange for the country.

  • 8 percent of the agricultural sector (31 farms out of a total of 400) has been put out of production.

  • Mud streams affected badly the coral reefs of three of the most protected Marine ecosystems (St Anne Marine Park, Curieuse Marine Park and Silhouette Marine Park).

  • Total costs of the environmental rehabilitation programme are estimated a US$ 1.5 million, of which US$ 808 000 for coastal rehabilitation.

12 January 2005

  • Sever damage to fishing ports, roads, bridges and public utilities.
  • A preliminary estimate from the Government is that the flooding caused damage amounting to US$30 million.
  • Coastal farms and the artisanal fishing sector suffered extensively. A great number of fishing vessels were damaged or lost. The two fish processing plants and cold storage facilities located in the Fishing Port in Victoria were also affected
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