Last year’s record number of hurricanes of high intensity and the devastation which unfolded were stark reminders that countries can better prepare for and build resilience to shocks so that they don’t lose in one day what took years to achieve.
By Desmond Brown
ST GEORGE’S, Aug 8 2018 (IPS) - Grenada is still tallying the damage after heavy rainfall last week resulted in “wide and extensive” flooding that once again highlights the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to climate change.
Officials here say extreme weather events like in 2004 and 2005 are still fresh in the minds of residents. Rising sea levels are leading to an erosion of coastlines, while hurricanes and tropical storms regularly devastate crucial infrastructure.
ST. GEORGE'S: GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE-AUGUST 1, 2018 - Public officers were dismissed from work early Wednesday, and employers in the private sector were encouraged to do the same as heavy, persistent rainfall continues to affect the country.
Minister of State with responsibility for Information and Disaster Management, Senator Winston Garraway explained that the decision was taken to ensure that workers had sufficient time to get home, given the impassable condition of some roadways, resulting in the use of alternative routes.
Nature of Event
Tropical Wave which generated torrential rainfall and resulted in landslides and flooding in several areas.
The Parishes of St. David and St. George were severely affected
A tropical wave interacted with the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) on 1 August, bringing heavy rains to Grenada for more than seven hours, causing landslides, flooded homes and flooded and blocked roadways. According to the Met Office, the tropical wave was expected to continue until the evening of 2 August.
Message: Tropical Storm Warning still in effect for Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Tropical Storm Watch discontinued for Barbados and Saint Lucia.
The latest advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida at 5:00 PM AST (1200 UTC), shows the center of Tropical Storm Don located near latitude 11.7 North, longitude 60.0 West. TS Don is about 135 miles southeast of St Vincent and about 120 miles east-southeast of Grenada.
Tropical Storm (TS) Don, the fourth named Storm for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season formed near the Windward Islands on July 17, 2017. TS Don impacted Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and sections of Trinidad and Tobago during Tuesday night, July 18, 2017. TS Don accelerated westward as it approached Grenada around 8:00pm at a speed of 23 mph (37km/h) and brought maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (65km/h) with higher gusts
ST GEORGE'S, GRENADA, TUESDAY, APRIL 18 2017, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE (GIS): - The Ministry of Health has announced that it is ramping-up its surveillance and monitoring systems in the wake of increase yellow fever reports emanating from a number of South American countries.
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, July 5, 2016 –GIS: Health and Social Security Minister Nickolas Steele says there is need for a collective effort to mitigate against the effects of Zika, with nine confirmed and 30 suspected cases of the disease.
During the weekly post cabinet briefing, Minister Steele said two people are currently suffering from Guillain Barre Syndrome, a serious side effect of Zika, which causes temporary paralysis. Treatment for Guillain Barre Syndrome is Immunoglobin, and the cost for treatment is 23,000 dollars per person.
ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, MAY 4, 2016, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE (GIS): - The Ministry of Health wishes to advise that Grenada has reported its first laboratory confirmed case of Zika infection.
A 27year-old female non-Grenadian was diagnosed as the island's first, with the mosquito related illness. The case was confirmed today, Wednesday May 4 2016 at midday by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), based in Trinidad.
Many communities found in the Eastern Caribbean are prone to hazards such as storms, flooding, rising waters, coastal erosion, saltwater intrusion of coastal aquifers and the subsequent risks posed to safety, livelihoods and marine resource. Facing increasing vulnerabilities brought on by climate change, the common solutions to these issues are not always available to these communities; constructing sea walls, levees and dams are often financially unfeasible as well as destructive to the very systems of natural resources that they are trying to protect.
St. Georges, Grenada, February 29th, 2016 (CDEMA) – 53 representatives from both District and National Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) in Grenada benefitted from a 3 day training workshop on emergency management centre operations. The training was held at the Queen’s Park National Stadium from February 24th – 26th 2016.
The training was facilitated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) and financed under the 10th European Development Fund ACPEU Project.
• The submarine volcano Kick ' em Jenny, located in the Eastern Caribbean Sea, near the island of Grenada, emitted a strong, continuous signal of activity on 23 July, between 5.25 and 7.00 UTC. Its seismic activity had increased since 11 July, according to the Seismic Research Centre of the University of West Indies.
ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, May 26, 2015 - GIS: The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) will join together with several other entities and spearhead a National Clean up exercise on June 5, 6 & 7, 2015.
This activity comes at the beginning of the 2015 Hurricane season and is being conducted in an effort to encourage citizens to participate in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities.
PALMISTE, Grenada, Apr 27 2015 (IPS) - Henry Prince has lived in this fishing village for more than six decades. Prince, 67, who depends on the sea for his livelihood, said he has been catching fewer and fewer fish, and the decrease is taking a financial toll on him and other fisher folk throughout the island nation of Grenada.
I heard about the climate change but never paid too much attention towards it,” Prince told IPS, adding that “we don’t catch jacks as before.”
For the month of March, the Grenada Red Cross Society (GRC) has been conducting Community Disaster Response Team (CDRT) Trainings throughout seven of the eight (8) communities that are part of this year’s Disaster Management Project. The last was on the 3rd and 4th April in Beausejour. At least fifteen (15) persons from each community partook in this two (2) day training session. The aim of CDRT training is to equip the community with tools which allow them to appropriately prepare and respond to disasters.
The people of the St. Mark community can breathe a sigh of relief now that the flood mitigation work has been completed just in time for the onset of the 2014 hurricane season.
The construction will protect the community from the effects of dangerous flooding.
ST.GEORGE'S, GRENADA, JUNE 26, 2014 -GIS: Following reports from our medical personnel on the sister isle of Carriacou of suspected cases of the Chikungunya virus on the island, the Ministry of Health responded swiftly by taking a series of measures to contain the possible spread of the virus.
These included the taking of samples from suspected persons to confirm the presence of the virus on the Island. Today, Thursday the Ministry announces that there are five confirmed cases of Chikungunya on the sister Isle of Carriacou.