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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:

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,

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.

09 Mar 2015 description

Health officials say this country is continuing to see a decrease in the number of reported cases of the Chikungunya, Mosquito-borne illnesses.

Several persons across St. Vincent and the Grenadines were affected last year by the outbreak of the Chikungunya virus, which is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Epidemiologist, Dr. Rosmond Adams, told NBC news that there were approximately 1,245 suspected cases in 2014, with 173 confirmed. He further stated that there has been a steady decline in the cases locally and regionally.

29 Oct 2014 description

The Event and immediate aftermath

A low pressure tropical trough brought heavy rainfalls to the Eastern Caribbean on 24th December 2013, severely affecting the islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and St Lucia. The sustained torrential rains caused severe flooding, landslides, and damage to infrastructures including health facilities, homes, roads and bridges.

26 Sep 2014 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A low-level trough system produced torrential rains on 24 December 2013 and caused severe floods, landslides and damages in the country. A total of 308.6 mm of rainfall was recorded over a 24-hour period in the island of Saint Vincent and affected the following areas: Pembroke, Vermont, Buccament Bay, South Rivers, Byera, Spring Village, Rose Bank and North Windward - Sandy Bay, Megum, Orange Hill and London, as well as the capital Kingstown.

22 Aug 2014 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A low-level trough system produced torrential rains on 24 December 2013 and caused severe floods, landslides and damages in the country. A total of 308.6 mm of rainfall was recorded over a 24-hour period in the island of Saint Vincent and affected the following areas: Pembroke, Vermont, Buccament Bay, South Rivers, Byera, Spring Village, Rose Bank and North Windward - Sandy Bay, Megum, Orange Hill and London, as well as the capital Kingstown.

23 Jun 2014 description

Efforts are continuing by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment to address the Chikungunya outbreak in St Vincent and the Grenadines, with vector control measures and public sensitization programs currently taking place across the nation.

The Ministry says to date, some three hundred and ninety six (396) cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been recorded here. The majority of those cases have been confined to the Grenadine Island of Bequia.

Efforts aimed at eradicating the aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the virus have intensified.

12 May 2014 description

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is appealing for the co-operation of the public in helping to control the outbreak of the Chikungunya viral disease here. Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Persons experiencing these signs and symptoms should contact their health care provider.

08 May 2014 description

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there are now thirty-nine confirmed laboratory cases of the Chickungunya virus in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Ministry says there are thirty-seven on Bequia and two on the mainland. The Ministry says it is continuing to implement vector control activities against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that causes the Chickungunya virus.

01 Feb 2014 description

Flooding occurred on 24thDecember, 2013 as a result of 3.11 inches (79.22mm) at E.T. Joshua Airport, as reported by the Met Office. 9 persons have been confirmed dead and 3 are missing. 50,000 people are without water. The government declared a Level 2 disaster.

18 Jan 2014 description

OECS Secretariat, Castries, St. Lucia, January 17th 2014 - The OECS/PPS has activated its disaster fund to assist St Vincent and the Grenadines with $60,000, and St Lucia with $75,000 to purchase essential medicines in the aftermath of the trough system on 24th December 2013.

16 Jan 2014 description

In conformity with the instructions by HM King Mohammed VI and as part of Morocco's active solidarity with friendly countries of the CARICOM, Morocco decided to send humanitarian aid for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and the Commonwealth of Dominica which were hit lately by intense rainfall that caused important damages.

16 Jan 2014 description

This Rapid Damage and Loss Assessment (DaLA) provides a summary of the sectors affected by the heavy rains and devastating floods that occurred on December 24 and 25, 2013 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The DaLA focuses particularly on infrastructure damages and losses in order to inform the country's recovery, reconstruction and financial planning. It also includes short and medium term recommendations designed to further incorporate disaster risk management into land use and physical planning decision-making processes.

10 Jan 2014 description

Area or Agency: National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) - St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Date: 29th December 2013

Person reporting: Michelle Forbes –Deputy Director

Time: 1700

1.0 The Event

During the period 24th – 25th December, 2013 St. Vincent and the Grenadines experienced severe rains and gusty winds from a Low Level Trough System that affected the Eastern Caribbean. The Meteorological Office reported 79.22mm (3.11inches) at the E. T. Joshua Airport during that period.

10 Jan 2014 description

THE SITUATION:

Severe rains and high winds due to a Low Level Trough System impacted the Participating States of CDEMA’s Central Sub-Region of Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica through Monday 23rd to Wed 25th December, 2013.

08 Jan 2014 description

08/01/2014 – Responding to the serious damage caused by recent flooding in the Eastern Caribbean region, the European Commission's Department of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection ECHO has released more than €300 000 to bring immediate relief to those most affected by floods.

03 Jan 2014 description

THE SITUATION:

Severe rains and high winds due to a Low Level Trough System would have impacted the Participating States of CDEMA’s Central Sub-Region of Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica through Monday 23rd to Wed 25th December, 2013.