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08 Sep 2017 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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.

30 Aug 2017 description

A Flood-Warning means that some flooding is already occurring or is likely to occur. The combination of the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone and a mid-level trough system has been generating cloudy to overcast skies, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms across St. Vincent and the Grenadines during the morning.

Flash-flooding is already occurring in some areas. In this cause, on the Grenadine Island of Bequia. As a consequence, a Flood–Warning has been issued and will remain in effect until 6:00 pm this evening.

21 Aug 2017 description

Event Info

  • Max windspeed: 101.9 km/h

  • Max. Storm Surge: 0.32 m.

  • Current Coordinates: Lat: 13.8 Lon: -65.9

  • Warning ref.: NOAA - Bulletin #8

People living in areas at risk

(All Countries Considered)

  • 120 km/h windspeed: 0

  • 90 km/h windspeed: 146,392

  • 60 km/h windspeed: 3,005,674

19 Aug 2017 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only; it reflects the current situation and details available at this time.

The Situation

17 Aug 2017 description

Created: 17 August 2017

The Barbados Meteorological Services and the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services are currently monitoring the progress of a series of low pressure systems over the Atlantic.

Of immediate interest is the system closest to the region, which was centered about 800 miles east of the Lesser Antilles at 2:00 p.m on Wednesday 16th August, 2017.

11 May 2017 description

Facilitator comments

  • 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).

03 Apr 2017 description

The government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is in the final stages of operationalising a USD 6.7 million grant from the European Union (EU), 11th European Development Fund: B-envelope programme.

The grant shall be managed by the World Bank through the ongoing Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project.

The agreements between the EU and the government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; and between the EU and the World Bank, were signed on 6th May and 13th September 2016, respectively.

30 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kenton X. Chance

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 30 2017 (IPS) - In the 1980s, an institution for troubled Danish youth and a vocational school for Vincentians was built in Richmond Vale, an agricultural district on the northwestern tip of St. Vincent.

It was hoped that spending time at Richmond Vale Academy would help the Danish youth to see the world from a different perspective. However, for a number of reasons, the concept didn’t pan out, the school closed and a farm was developed in its place.

02 Feb 2017 description

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:

19 Dec 2016 description

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.

16 Dec 2016 description

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.

14 Dec 2016 description

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,

10 Nov 2016 description

Thursday, November 10, 2016 — In the wake of extensive and damaging flooding which has tragically claimed the lives of two children, the Director General of the OECS, His Excellency Dr. Didacus Jules and staff of the OECS Commission have offered their heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Dr. Jules said that thoughts and prayers were with the parents, siblings and loved ones of the children who had lost their lives and for those families who had, and continue to be affected by the flooding.

13 Sep 2016 description

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is among nine countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Suriname, to benefit from US$33,000,000., which will go toward the financing of sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean.

The funds are being provided by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), under a Credit Facility Agreement with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB.

14 Jun 2016 description

Journal articles or issuesJune 2016Emily Wilkinson, Emma Lovell, Barbara Carby, Jenni Barclay and Richard E.A. Robertson

In the Small Islands Developing State (SIDS) of St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean, the most destructive disasters in terms of human casualties have been the multiple eruptions of La Soufrière volcano situated in the north of St Vincent. Despite this major threat, people continue to live close to the volcano and national development plans do not include risk reduction measures for volcanic hazards.

05 May 2016 description

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment confirms a new case of Zika in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, bringing the total number of local patients diagnosed with the virus to three.

The patient is a 35 year old female of Bequia.

27 Mar 2016 description

Following the first laboratory confirmed case of Zika virus infection in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, through its Zika Action Committee, implemented its locale specific response as part of its intensified targeted approach to effectively tackle the Aedes Agyepti mosquito vector of the Zika Virus.

01 Mar 2016 description

Disease Outbreak News
1 March 2016

On 25 February 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines notified PAHO/WHO of the country’s first case of Zika virus infection.