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29 Oct 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

PASTURES, St. Vincent, Oct 29 2014 (IPS) - Glenda Williams has lived in the Pastures community in eastern St. Vincent all her life. She’s seen the area flooded by storms on multiple occasions.

But the last two times, it was more “severe and frightening” than anything she had witnessed before.

“The last time the river came down it reached on the ball ground [playing field] and you had people catching fish on the ball ground. So this time now (Dec. 24, 2013), it did more damage,” Williams, 48, told IPS.

29 Oct 2014 description

The Event and immediate aftermath

A low pressure tropical trough brought heavy rainfalls to the Eastern Caribbean on 24th December 2013, severely affecting the islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and St Lucia. The sustained torrential rains caused severe flooding, landslides, and damage to infrastructures including health facilities, homes, roads and bridges.

26 Sep 2014 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A low-level trough system produced torrential rains on 24 December 2013 and caused severe floods, landslides and damages in the country. A total of 308.6 mm of rainfall was recorded over a 24-hour period in the island of Saint Vincent and affected the following areas: Pembroke, Vermont, Buccament Bay, South Rivers, Byera, Spring Village, Rose Bank and North Windward - Sandy Bay, Megum, Orange Hill and London, as well as the capital Kingstown.

22 Aug 2014 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A low-level trough system produced torrential rains on 24 December 2013 and caused severe floods, landslides and damages in the country. A total of 308.6 mm of rainfall was recorded over a 24-hour period in the island of Saint Vincent and affected the following areas: Pembroke, Vermont, Buccament Bay, South Rivers, Byera, Spring Village, Rose Bank and North Windward - Sandy Bay, Megum, Orange Hill and London, as well as the capital Kingstown.

13 Aug 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 12 2014 (IPS) - Children are often the forgotten ones when policy-makers map out strategies to deal with climate change, even as they are least capable of fending for themselves in times of trouble.

According to David Popo, head of the Social Policy Unit at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). “Very often when we speak about poverty reduction we are not seeing children, children are invisible in terms of development.

01 Jul 2014 description

by Julia Rawlins-Bentham

Countries in the region are being called upon to address the $1.2 million in outstanding contributions owed to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made the call, stressing that CDEMA could do a lot more for countries in the region if it was given the necessary resources.

He was at the time speaking during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Meeting of the Council of CDEMA at Hilton Barbados recently.

17 Jun 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond BrownKINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jun 15 2014 (IPS) - A freak storm, followed by heavy floods in December 2013, will go down in history as the most destructive natural disaster to have hit the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with reported total damages and losses of at least 103 million dollars.

30 May 2014 description
report AlertNet

KINGSTOWN, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Last Christmas Eve, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was pounded by 12 inches of rain in three hours, a deluge that caused rivers to burst their banks, while battering the island’s infrastructure and claiming a dozen lives.

The storm cost the Caribbean archipelago nation a hefty 17 percent of its annual GDP. Now, as residents rebuild, they say fears of massive flooding and landslides are never far from their minds, particularly with the annual hurricane season starting in less than two weeks.

31 Mar 2014 description

On December 24 and 25, 2013, a tropical trough system produced excessively heavy rains in Saint Lucia—at a time normally considered outside of the hurricane season. The extreme rainfall led to rapid and intense flash flooding as well as numerous landslides, and caused severe damage to transport, water supply, and drainage infrastructures as well as significant damage and loss in the agriculture, tourism, and housing sectors.

28 Mar 2014 description

This week Cayman Islands Civil Servants donated almost $1,000 towards the continued relief of St Vincent and the Grenadines, whose people experienced traumatic loss of life and homes during landslides last December. (Centre) Governor Helen Kilpatrick presented the funds during a photo op today (Friday, 28 March 2014)

23 Mar 2014 description
report World Bank

Washington, March 21, 2014 – More than 30,000 people affected by the December 2013 flash floods in the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Saint Lucia will start recovering and regaining access to markets, water and electricity through an extra US$36 million approved by the World Bank’s Board of Directors under the International Development Association (IDA) Crisis Response Window.

27 Feb 2014 description

Residents of Saint Lucia—an island of steep, volcanic hills rising sharply above the waters of the Eastern Caribbean—are vulnerable to many hazards, including hurricanes, rainstorms, landslides, erosion, floods, and earthquakes. These threats, exacerbated by development challenges, have inspired residents of Laborie Quarter, a district in southern Saint Lucia, to take action to prepare for and mitigate the potential effects of future disasters.

04 Feb 2014 description

By: Rendal Allen St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society Communications Officer.

On 24 December, 2013, Christmas eve, some of the islands of the Lesser Antilles; Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, were hit by torrential rains spurred by a low level system passing over the region.

01 Feb 2014 description

OECS Secretariat, Castries, St. Lucia, January 31st 2014–In response to the damage sustained by the agricultural and rural sectors as a result of the December 24th 2013 weather system that affected the Windward Islands, an OECS agriculture task force has embarked on a support mission to Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

01 Feb 2014 description

Flooding occurred on 24thDecember, 2013 as a result of 3.11 inches (79.22mm) at E.T. Joshua Airport, as reported by the Met Office. 9 persons have been confirmed dead and 3 are missing. 50,000 people are without water. The government declared a Level 2 disaster.

27 Jan 2014 description

Additional relief supplies are scheduled to arrive at the E.T. Joshua Airport today, Monday 27th January for persons affected by the December 2013 floods.

The supplies will be transported by an American aircraft and are expected to arrive at about 1:30 p.m.

This follows the arrival at the Kingstown Port of 20 tons of humanitarian supplies aboard the Dumont D’urville, a vessel of the Armed Forces of the French West Indies.

18 Jan 2014 description

The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Inter-American Emergency Aid Fund (FONDEM), today made a contribution to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, and Dominica to help in the efforts to recover from the effects of the torrential rains and flooding on Christmas Day.

18 Jan 2014 description

OECS Secretariat, Castries, St. Lucia, January 17th 2014 - The OECS/PPS has activated its disaster fund to assist St Vincent and the Grenadines with $60,000, and St Lucia with $75,000 to purchase essential medicines in the aftermath of the trough system on 24th December 2013.