Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us

Countries/Territories

Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.

Contribute

Submit news and opinion for publication

Subscribe

Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.

Archives

Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Travel


Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin



News from the Caribbean:


Back To Today's News

Eastern Caribbean representatives at OAS describe effects of Christmas storm and appeal for aid
Published on January 18, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

ec_reps.jpg
Representatives of the Eastern Caribbean describe effects of Christmas storm. Photo: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS

WASHINGTON, USA -- The permanent representatives of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Dominica to the Organization of American States (OAS) described and gave dramatic details about the damage that resulted from the intense torrential rains that fell over Christmas on the Eastern Caribbean nations, and made a call for international aid to help in the process of recovery, during a press conference on Friday at OAS headquarters in Washington DC.

The permanent representative of St Vincent and the Grenadines, La Celia Prince, recalled that her country accumulated 12.5 inches of rain in just five hours between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which she described as “something not seen in 100 years.”

The rains and resulting flooding took the lives of nine people in the country, and several remain missing, said Prince, who added that “14 percent of the population is still reeling from the impact.”

“I want to thank those in the international community that have come to our aid and to make an appeal for more assistance as we try to rebuild the devastated regions of our country. People still have a dire need and we are on a long road to recovery,” emphasized Prince.

The permanent representative of Saint Lucia to the OAS, Sonia Johnny, said, “We have been quite surprised at the magnitude of the damage and while initially we thought we would be able to respond with local resources and regional neighbors, we have been proven wrong.”

Johnny reported that six people died in her country as a result of the storm, and indicated that the costs of reconstruction would likely reach several hundred millions of dollars.

“So we will be seeking support in technical assistance and expertise not just to recover from this tragic episode, but also to improve upon our early warning system,” she said.

Ambassador Hubert Charles of Dominica said the initial cleanup work in his country has been completed, but that “extra-budgetary contributions are required to fund the program for repair and reconstruction of damaged civil infrastructures, shoring up embankments, and providing support for the families and small businesses impacted by the storm.”

Charles highlighted that the rains were unusual in that they took place after the end of hurricane season, and said the disaster “provides us with an opportunity to highlight the importance of support for the medium and long term development plans of the Caribbean region.”

The assistant secretary general of the OAS, Albert Ramdin, said, “The OAS is committed to support, in any form we can, the relief efforts, with a focus not only on the immediate needs but also on long term restructuring and rebuilding.”

Ramdin added that the OAS has made a contribution to the affected countries and “will meet with its Inter-American partners on Tuesday in the Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction.”

Ramdin applauded the work of the Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to support the affected countries and emphasized that “the focus in terms of rebuilding should not only be on financial aspects; there are other issues which should be taken into account such as physical and urban planning, the issues of enforcement of law, where to build and where not to build, and involving the private sector.”

The secretary general of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, was present at the press conference, as were the permanent representatives of many member countries.

On the night of December 24 and during the day on the 25th, a low-level, high impact trough system passed through the Eastern Caribbean region, dumping enormous quantities of rain over parts of Dominica, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines, taking lives, livelihoods, homes and vital infrastructure. The damage is particularly serious for the affected countries, in that the Eastern Caribbean is frequently impacted during hurricane season, which on this occasion had officially concluded.
 
Reads: 10072





Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



Back...

Comments:

Peter Binose:

We should tell the US how ALBA have dumped us because of WIKILEAKS.

Tell them its there fault for sending those reports containing the secret information our leaders gave to the Barbados ambassador about ALBA and its leaders.

Its not our fault that our man runs off at the mouth, its there fault for having the records stolen.

Therefore they should give us a billion dollars, the new estimate for repairs. Its a Marxist trait to add a few zeros to any figure when ever possible. So pay up quick or it could be two billion in a month or so.


Back...

Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Comments:
Enter Code



Please note that, if you are using an AT&T domain email address, e.g. att.net, bellsouth.net, sbcglobal.net, the verification email will likely not be delivered. This is outside of our control and the only remedy seems to be for readers to complain to AT&T





Disclaimer
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.



Other Headlines:



Regional Sports: