Caribbean - Tropical Storm Debby Sep 1994 UN DHA Information Report No. 1

Report
from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 13 Sep 1994
DHA-GENEVA 94/0348
CARIBBEAN - TROPICAL STORM DEBBY
INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
13 SEPTEMBER 1994

1. ON 10 SEPTEMBER HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY RAINS DUE TO TROPICAL STORM DEBBY, SIXTH TROPICAL DEPRESSION OF ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON, CAUSED CASUALTIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE IN SAINT LUCIA.

2. ACCORDING TO CARIBBEAN DISASTER EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCY (CDERA) THERE WERE 4 PEOPLE DEAD, 6 MISSING AND 24 INJURED. 150 PERSONS ARE RECOVERED IN SHELTERS. FURTHERMORE:

- BRIDGES WERE DESTROYED OR EXTENSIVELY DAMAGED ISLANDWIDE LIMITING ACCESS TO VILLAGES

- MAJOR LANDSLIDES OCCURRED MAKING KEY ROADS IMPASSABLE

- WATER SUPPLY WAS DISRUPTED ISLANDWIDE. APPROX. ONE WEEK IS ESTIMATED TO BE NEEDED TO RESTORE WATER SUPPLY AS CRUCIAL INTAKES WERE WASHED AWAY OR BLOCKED.

3. ACTIONS TAKEN

- THE GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA HAS UNDERTAKEN AERIAL AND LOCALIZED ASSESSMENTS AND HAS MET TO REVIEW SITUATION/OPERATIONS AND NEEDS

- PRIORITY HAS BEEN PLACED ON THE PROVISION OF WATER AND RESTORATION OF THE WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

- SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

- MOST MAJOR ROADS HAVE BEEN REOPENED

- MARINE AND AERIAL TRANSPORT HAVE BEEN OBTAINED TO ASSIST IN THE DELIVERY OF CRITICAL SUPPLIES TO COMMUNITIES WHICH ARE DIFFICULT TO ACCESS BY ROAD. LOCAL YACHTING COMPANY PROVIDED 30 YACHTS FOR THIS PURPOSE.

4. INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE

GRENADA COAST GUARD VESSEL
GOVT. OF ST VINCENT ROLL-ON ROLL-OFF BOAT, DUE 13 SEPT
COAST GUARD VESSEL
MARTINIQUE 14,000 LITRES OF BOTTLED WATER
PAHO SANITATION ENGINEER
SUMA PROJECT ACTIVATED
CDERA INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGER, RELIEF SUPPLY TRACKING SYSTEMS
ST VINCENT RED CROSS TEAM IN PLACE TO ASSIST IN ASSESSING SITUATION IN ANSE LA RAGE
700 GALLONS OF WATER

5. OUTSTANDING NEEDS

- ASSISTANCE IN THE RESTORATION OF THE WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
- WATER FOR CONSUMPTION - BOTTLED OR BULK
- CASH DONATIONS.

6. APPEAL TO DONORS BEING PREPARED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA AND WILL REFLECT THE COMMITMENTS OF CARICOM GOVERNMENTS.

7. FOLLOWING STORM DEBBY, ROADS WERE DAMAGED AND POWER LINES WERE AFFECTED IN DOMINICA, AND MINOR DAMAGE TO ROOFTOPS WAS REGISTERED IN ST VINCENT.

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