Anti-cyclones affect the country during May to September. Hollanda (1994) and Dina (2002) were the worst two last cyclones to have affected the island.
The island's capital and largest city is Port Louis, in the northwest.
Mauritius came second in "rule of law", and fourth in terms of "human development". All military, police, and security functions are carried out by 10,000 active-duty personnel under the command of the Commissioner of Police.
This consists of an 8,000 member National Police which is responsible for domestic law enforcement, a 1,500 member Special Mobile Force (SMF), and a 500-member National Coast Guard.
Mauritius has a "Ministry Of Environment" which is responsible for the cleanliness of the Island, One of their tasks is garbage and litter collection at public places, they do an admirable job at the areas which they service for the mindset of the indigenous humans is to discard litter at will, this results in large quantities of plastic accumulating in places which the Ministry of Environment doesn't service rendering many beaches unsightly due to the litter.
The main languages spoken in Mauritius are Mauritian Creole, French and English.
English is the only official language but the lingua franca is Creole and the newspapers and television programmes are usually in French.
Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! In addition to the island of Mauritius, the Republic includes the islands of Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands.
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