Brokopondo still hurt after 2022 floods

Brokopondo faced severe flooding, damaging homes, schools, and businesses. Climate change exacerbated the situation, causing extensive property loss, disrupting education, and jeopardizing food security.

Maroon Communities contribute little to climate change, but sometimes they are hit hard by its consequences. In March 2022, around 200 households in Brokopondo were affected by flooding. Schools, outpatient clinics and recreational centers were flooded up to the roof. 

Villagers lost valuable possessions, entrepreneurs suffered enormous damage, students were deprived of education for weeks and with the destruction of agricultural plots, food supply became a problem, while the hygienic situation posed a danger to healthcare. The cause was climate change, which caused five times as much rain to fall during the dry season and the water in the lake became too much.

A house in Brokopondo is submerged up to the roof. (Photo: Facebook Marciano Galimo)

In addition to humanitarian aid, some households received compensation from Staatsolie in particular, but many are still waiting. Entrepreneurs and farmers have had nothing. Ronny Asabina, representative and captain of the village of Marshall Creek, says there is exclusion and discrimination. To prevent villages from flooding again in the future, Staatsolie implements conservative dam management, whereby water is now preventively drained so that there is sufficient storage capacity in the event of extreme rainfall. But it is not an absolute solution. Moving to higher areas is proposed, but the right facilities are still lacking, according to Asabina.

Facilities of Bonanza Agro Industries up to the roof under water. (Photo: Facebook Greg Kampoe)

Staatsolie does have plans to relocate the people who built close to the river. This means building their homes on higher ground. Climate change has major consequences for these communities. Food security and incomes are at stake. Resilience is there, but the challenges are increasing rapidly.

This story was published by Starnieuws with the support of the Caribbean Climate Justice Journalism Fellowship, which is a joint venture between Climate Tracker and Open Society Foundations.


Priscilla Misiekaba-Kia

Priscilla Misiekaba-Kia

Priscilla is a 28 year old journalist with great passion for writing. She has 5 years experience in journalism covering different fields. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History.

Apart from writing articles she loves writing reports for different activities and transcribing audio files for students. She also likes to watch movies and spend quality time with her family.

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