Statement from Acting Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Honourable Lenard Montoute
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 — The Cabinet of Ministers met Tuesday morning to discuss the preliminary situation in Dominica following the passage of Hurricane Maria on Monday September 19th and Saint Lucia’s immediate response to provide relief.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, Honourable Lenard Montoute explained that plans were already underway to make Saint Lucia an operational base for the relief effort to Dominica.
SVG TO DELIVER CRITICAL EMERGENCY SUPPLIES TO THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE IRMA.
A vessel will leave Port Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday, Sep. 15, to take food and emergency supplies to the British Virgin Islands.
On the way it will stop in Saint Lucia. Persons interested in sending supplies to their families and friends are asked to drop them off at the NEMO headquarters in Saint Lucia with proper labelling by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sep. 14.
THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN A POWERFUL HURRICANE THROUGH THE WEEKEND.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma which has intensified into a major category 3 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.
According to the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services, as at 5 a.m. on Friday, Sep. 1, the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.2 degrees north, longitude 36.5 degrees west or about 1665 miles or 2680 kilometers east of the Leeward Islands.
by Saint Lucia Met. Service
A low pressure system east of the Lesser Antilles is becoming better organized as it approaches the region at about 15 to 20 miles per hour or 24 to 31 kilometers per hour.
Regardless of development, this system is expected to produce adverse weather conditions over Saint Lucia beginning tonight, Aug 17.
The agency will provide assistance for the reconstruction of the ravine Poisson and Cul De Sac bridges.
The Government of Saint Lucia and the Government of Japan will, today, sign a Japanese aid agreement.
The assistance, provided through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will make available technical and financial assistance to the Government of Saint Lucia for the reconstruction of two bridges—the Ravine Poisson and Cul de Sac bridges.