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. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Suriname include Independence Day (November 25) and New Year (January 1). The 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.