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Freak weather

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Seychelles
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IFRC
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Weekly News
The Red Cross Society of Seychelles (RCSS) met an unexpected challenge ten days ago, when torrential rains on the islands of Praslin, La Digue and Mahé killed two people. The resulting floods and landslides caused severe damage to homes, farmland, roads and retaining walls. The RCSS immediately provided temporary shelter to 300 people and distributed meals and blankets. "Because the Seychelles do not normally experience such weather", says RCSS President Chrystold Chetty, "the houses and other infrastructure are not built to withstand such adverse conditions." The National Society has launched a local appeal and the Federation donated 90,000 Swiss francs to cover the cost of the victims' emergency needs.