The Disaster Risk Management Division and representatives from international partners convened on Tuesday 7th May 2024 at the Divisions headquarters to discuss the unknown substance that was first reported on 8th April 2024.

An in-person and virtual meeting was held in regards to the unknown substance that has affected those who came into contact with it at various locations throughout Mahé. The objective of the meeting was to enhance the coordination between external partners and Seychelles in providing support during the event of a national emergency.

The meeting commenced with a situation brief given by Mr. Daniel Cetoupe, Chief Risk Management Officer of DRMD, on the evacuation procedures of the institution affected in regards to the evacuation protocols, medical care procedures for those affected and the management of the evacuation and medical care from frontline responders such as, Seychelles Fire and Rescue Service Agency (SFRSA), Seychelles Police Force (SPF), Public Health Authority (PHA), Police Forensics team and DRMD.

The international partners present were the representatives from the United Nations, His Excellency Srimal Wickremasinghe, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Seychelles, the World Health Organisations (WHO), the Chinese embassy and the Russian embassy.

Pictured below from left to right are Lin Yunan and Yan Lifong from the Chinese embassy, Ms. Jade Landry Head of the Education, Research and Information unit of DRMD, His Excellency Srimal Wickremasinghe High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Seychelles, Mr. Daniel Cetoupe Chief Risk Management Officer of DRMD, Ms. Lisa Singh, UN Resident Coordinator multi-country office for Seychelles and Mauritius, Mr. Alexander Odoevsky, Deputy Ambassador of the Russian Embassy and Mr. Alexander Mancham, UN Coordinator Officer Seychelles and Mauritius.

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