St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRVC002

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster A low-level trough system produced torrential rains on Christmas Eve (24 December 2013) and caused severe floods, landslides and damages in the country. A total of 109 mm of rainfall was measured on the island of Saint Vincent in one day. Areas affected include: Pembroke, Vermont, Buccament Bay, South Rivers, Byera, Spring Village, Rose Bank and North Windward - Sandy Bay, Megum, Orange Hill and London, as well as capital Kingstown.

Critical infrastructure was affected by flooding, causing the closure of the E. T. Joshua Airport and the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, where the paediatric ward was flooded; the airport has since been re-opened. The Ministry of Health has conducted an initial damage assessment at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital and the estimated cost of the damage to the facility is approximately 2 million East Caribbean dollars; some of the hospital’s records and essential equipment have been damaged.

The Building Roads and General Services Authority (BRAGSA) and the Ministry of Transport and Works reported that several bridges and roads were affected by flooding and landslides, and clean ups have been ongoing on the country’s roads. Most areas are now open to traffic, with the exception of the North Leeward part after Richmond, which is still inaccessible by road. Electricity cuts happened in the areas flooded, but service has been restored to normal levels. The assessments of the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) gave the following estimates (as of 31 December 2013):