The ‘Tiger of the Indian Ocean’ loses one of his son at sea.

Due to lack of communication, one man lost his life at Mahebourg on Saturday 120507. He went fishin wiz some friends. Mammoth waves turned upside down their boat n M. Babooa lost his life, leavin his wife with a new born n a child.

Who is responsible for that?

The Police, the Cyclone and Other Disasters Committee (CODC) or the Met services? The latter say that the not-up-to-date equipment they have at Vacoas is under repair, meaning that they didnt have any device to detect those tides.
The Police say that they were not informed about this by the Meteorological services.
The president of the CODC was ‘surpris d’apprendre, par la radio’ that Mauritius was hit by tidal waves. Only then the CODC had a meetin n ’emergency measures’ were finalised.

No Gentlemen, it not your fault at all. Its rather our bad luck that we ve got incompetent people at these posts. You are not to be blamed, it s our fault that we r born in Mauritius not in Reunion Island. The latter was informed by Meteo France.

Shame on our services.

Also on my blog 



5 thoughts on “The ‘Tiger of the Indian Ocean’ loses one of his son at sea.

  1. Hi Yav

    just like you, i wanted to write something on the ‘raz-de-marée’ that hit Mauritius, Rodrigues and Reunion Island. While revising last Sunday, i was listening to the radio to have up-to-date news about this unusual phenomenon which caused the lost of some people at sea. At about 2 p.m, my uncle phoned me and asked if i wanted to accompany him to go to the south to watch the big waves. Curious, i was excited to watch those waves.

    We first went to ‘Pomponettes’ and it was the first time we saw such big waves at this place. We could see sand in the waves which meant that they were very strong. Then we went to Rivière des Gallets where the big waves caused much harm to the houses that were found near the seaside. There were many curious people who came to watch these big waves on Sunday. We parked the car and to our astonishment, we saw ‘des débris’ on the road and on the grass which are about 75m from the beach. This means that at night, during high tide, the water reached the road. It was indeed a very rare phenomenon.

    We went near the beach and we were shocked to see those big waves which were about 4 or 5m. At that time, it was low tide, that is why water was not coming on the road. We were very afraid as it was a very shocking seen. To me, it was just like a ‘tsunami’ that hit the islands. Then we decided to return to the car as the waves started to strengthen.

    On our way back home, we met a fisherman who sells fish during weekends in our village. “32 ans mo dan lamer, zamé monn trouve lamer coumsa”, said the fisherman. He further argued that everyday the Meteo Services of Mauritius sends a fax to the police station to say whether the sea is ‘praticable’ or not. What did the Meteo say that morning, “la mer est praticable”. What would have happened if the fishermen of Rivière des Gallets took ‘the communiqué’ of the Meteo servuices as granted? Fortunately, they are experienced fishermen, they did not go fishing on that day as the sea was very rough.

    I watched the special programme on MBC last night about raz-de-marée. The guest from the meteological services said that Mauritius and even Reunion Island do not have that equipment to detect ‘raz-de-marée’. He also argued that they predicted waves of 4 to 5m but the waves were of 7m. So, can we rely on the meteological services of Mauritius?


  2. Ya yaveen… You are absolutely right. The services are absolutely not realible and trustworthy!! Since the tsunami, very high priority meetings were settled for the alert system. “No ground will be left for risk, if we need to invest, we will!!” that’s what was being constantly uttered by “bane gran dimune la”. Where is it now?? Buried?? or vanished in the air??

    Aprer, depi kan cyclone ou bien ANTI_CYCLONE (Pli pir encore) abitier fer raz-de-maree to that extent??!!?? I’ve been listening to most debates and discussion upon this.. Their greatest argument is that even reunion island couln’t predict this!! What kind of … argument is this.
    Does it means that if tomorrow we are concerned about something and that the neighbouring islands haven’t taken action… so,even mauritius wont?? It is as if the famous mauritian dialogue: “si nu couler nu coule ensam!!”.

    I think, there a serious investigation should be carried out by “serious” press-people… Like the one we had a meeting with, wednesday 🙂

    I personnally think that there is a BIIIIG problem of transparency in the services provided in this subject.. And i dont know if you people have noticed that the person who has to give explanation (and who normally used to give clarifications about such events) has been the one who was heard and seen barely.. always playing hide & seek when he knows that his team and himself has been acting carelessly!! Now, when everything will be “cooled down” then he’l come to ‘passe diber!!’


  3. Ure right Yav, how many deaths will it take to get this system right. Pity it seems we”re always blaming it on somebody else. Police blames it on Meteo and Meteo on “imprévisibilité”? In all that,6 persons died in and out Mauritius, left families and children in sorrow, it”s late to blame it on others, let not that happen again, shame it always have to be “après la mort la tisane” !!!!


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