Suriname. Unusually violent downpours during the month of
May caused heavy flooding, leaving three casualties, 37,000
injured and 22,000 homeless. The most affected areas in the
central and southeastern parts of the country, totaling
30,000 km 2, were declared as disaster areas.
rescue work was made more difficult by the fact that they
are located in the inaccessible inland surrounding the Surinames, Tapanahonis, Lawas and Marowijnes upper rivers.
A series of thefts of hundreds of weapons from military
outlets and police stations in Suriname gained an
international dimension during the year when a Brazilian
commission of inquiry revealed extensive arms trafficking in
South America with stolen Surinamese weapons. The Commission
claimed that high-ranking Surinamese militaries were
involved in the operation. The buyers of the weapons must
have been the FARC guerrillas in Colombia and criminal
organizations in Brazil.