Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Floods - Nov 2016
On Tuesday, 29 November 2016, St. Vincent and the Grenadines was impacted by heavy rains, which resulted in flooding and landslides in several communities. Sandy Bay in the north-eastern area of St. Vincent was the most severely affected community; however, the villages of Magum, Orange Hill, Overland, London, Point, Owia and Fancy in the north-east and Spring Village, Coulls Hill, Troumaca, Rose Bank, Sharpes, Fitz Hughes and Chateaubelair in the northwest of St. Vincent were also impacted. Some people suffered losses to their subsistence crops and livestock, and a they are experiencing severe psychosocial effects, access to water and sanitation issues, and financial challenges as a direct consequence of the flooding. (IFRC, 14 Dec 2016)
The flooding destroyed 15 houses, severely damaged 20 houses and partially damaged more than 50. (IFRC, 19 Dec 2016)
The DREF operation aims to provide emergency humanitarian aid to at least 400 families (2,000 affected people) in order to respond to and meet basic needs in health, water and sanitation and shelter and settlements (non-food items) during the three-month operation, which will end on 13 March 2017. (IFRC, 1 Feb 2017)
From September through November 2016, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) experienced a series of significant rainfall events beginning with the passage of Hurricane Mathew in September 2016 and culminating with the passage of two trough systems on November 9 and November 28, 2016. Due to the consistent rainfall over the period, ground conditions were largely saturated which set the stage for intense flash flooding associated with the two troughs. A single death was reported from Bequia.
This report is the product of the Lessons Learned workshop with the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Red Cross Society, as part of the November 2017 Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) operations. The workshop was facilitated by the Red Cross Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Centre (CADRIM).
Timeframe covered by this update: 1 December 2016 to 25 January 2017
Operation start date: 29 November 2016
Operation timeframe: 3 months (operation end date is 13 March 2017)
Overall operation budget: 155,905 Swiss francs (CHF)
N° of people affected: 25,000 people
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has approved for Saint Vincent and Grenadines Red Cross resources of 155,905 Swiss francs (CHF) from the Emergency Fund (DREF) to provide immediate relief and assistance to 400 families (2,000 affected people) as a complement to ongoing activities to the population affected by the severe storm in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
His Excellency Baushuan Ger, Taiwan's Ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, handed over a cheque for USD$50,000.00 to Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, as a contribution to disaster relief efforts following the recent trough system.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
On Tuesday, 29 November 2016, St. Vincent and the Grenadines was impacted by heavy rains, which resulted in flooding and landslides in several communities. Sandy Bay in the north-eastern area of St. Vincent was the most severely affected community; however, the villages of Magum, Orange Hill, Overland,