Known for its beautiful sandy beaches and paradise islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a small island developing state located in the Caribbean Sea. Yet for the island’s 100,000-some residents, living on one of the most beautiful places on earth comes at a price.
Increasingly unpredictable weather patterns on the island, along with last year’s category 5 hurricanes have brought the issue of climate change very much to the forefront of the islanders’ minds.
Thirty-nine years after the last eruption of the La Soufriere volcano, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), the Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (CDRRF), and the University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre (SRC) are continuing efforts to prepare communities closest to the volcano to handle potential risks.
A. Situation Analysis
Description of the disaster
The University of the West Indies (UWI), Seismic Research Centre, has recently accessed financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) under the Community Disaster Risk Reduction Fund towards the implementation of the Volcano-Ready Community Project in Saint Vincent and The Grenadines.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is among the most disaster-prone territories in the world, and is affected on a regular basis by the negative impacts of natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, landslides, rainfall events, storm surge and drought.
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.
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.
North Western Caribbean Sea:
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
This bulletin is being issued for information only; it reflects the current situation and details available at this time.
A Tropical Storm-Warning is effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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,
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.