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

Heavy rains lash Eastern Caribbean islands
Published on December 26, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

dominica_flood.jpg
Floodwater and debris block roadway in Dominica. Photo: Quick Link Productions)

By Caribbean News Now contributor

ROSEAU, Dominica -- An unseasonal trough of low pressure brought heavy rains to the Eastern Caribbean, including Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Torrential rains on Christmas Eve caused severe flooding, damage to homes, roads and bridges on mainland St Vincent, leaving seven dead and nine families homeless.

Five persons from one family in Rose Bank died from a landslide, one in Byera and one in Vermont. Five persons are missing in the Buccament area.

The Building Roads and General Services Authority (BRAGSA) and the Ministry of Transport and Works have reported several bridges and roads flooded and are continuing their assessments.

Fifty percent of consumers are without pipe-borne water as heavy rains have impacted the network.

At least one road in Dominica was cut off on Tuesday due to heavy rainfall and rock slides. No lives were reported to have been lost; however, some homes and property were extensively damaged.

In Saint Lucia, severe weather, land slippage and, in some cases, loss of commercial power adversely impacted LIME telecommunications services in some communities. Teams have been deployed to conduct damage assessment and restore full service.

"There's some disturbed weather that is into our vicinity, and it's going to be there for a few hours... which is going to result in some heavy rain, thunderstorms which could lead to some flooding," St Kitts and Nevis national disaster coordinator Carl Herbert said on Tuesday morning.

He urged vehicle owners and pedestrians not to try to cross flowing ghauts.

The low pressure system is expected to spread unstable atmospheric conditions over the Eastern Caribbean for the next few days. Heavy or prolonged showers that could cause flash flooding in low lying areas have been forecast.

Seas are predicted to be moderate to rough with waves reaching heights of 5 - 7 ft or 1.5 - 2.1 m, and a small craft advisory remains in place for the Atlantic waters. A general decrease in wave height is however, expected over the next few days.
 
Reads: 10233





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



Back...

Comments:

No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.

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





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: