Saint-André, Réunion

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Saint-André town hall
Saint-André town hall
Coordinates: 20°57′38″S 55°39′02″E / 20.9606°S 55.6506°E / -20.9606; 55.6506Coordinates: 20°57′38″S 55°39′02″E / 20.9606°S 55.6506°E / -20.9606; 55.6506
Country France
Overseas region and department Réunion
Arrondissement Saint-Benoît
Canton Saint-André-1, 2 and 3
Intercommunality Réunion Est
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Paul Virapoullé (UMP)
Area1 53.07 km2 (20.49 sq mi)
Population (2011)2 55,090
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 97409 /97440
Elevation 0–920 m (0–3,018 ft)
(avg. 90 m or 300 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Saint-André (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃t‿ɑ̃.dʁe]) is the sixth-largest commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. It is located on the northeast part of the island of Réunion. The small lake Étang de Bois Rouge is located in the commune.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 debris[edit]

On 29 July 2015, airliner marine debris was found on a beach in the commune, later confirmed to be a part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which disappeared about 4,000 km (2,500 mi) east of Réunion on 8 March 2014.[1][2][3]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MH370 search: Réunion debris to be tested in France". BBC News. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Plane debris is from missing MH370". BBC News Online. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  3. ^ Shahrestani, Vin "MH370: Malaysian government confirms debris is from a Boeing 777" The Telegraph (UK), August 5, 2015