§ Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has any further information respecting the effect of the cyclone in Mauritius; what is the loss of life and the number injured; approximately, how many dwellings have been destroyed; whether medical service is adequate to the urgent need; and how the £10,000 grant is being distributed; and whether the need of rehousing and feeding of the homeless and destitute is being efficiently met.
§ Colonel Stanley
I regret that on the night of 1st February the centre of a further cyclone passed close to Mauritius and that Rodrigues suffered severe damage on 31st January. I have not yet received details of the additional damage. As regards the effects of the earlier cyclone, I have nothing at present to add to the 2077W reply which I gave the hon. Member for South Dorset (Viscount Hinchingbrooke) on 31st January. The Governor has promised me a full report on the measures taken to meet the situation as soon as possible.