Debris brought by flood waters at Caratal Village, Georgetown. Photo courtesy Susan Lewis, journalist with The News newspaper, St Vincent.
Relief supplies for St Vincent and the Grenadines
The Office of the Prime Minister today issued a statement, disclosing that relief supplies would be sent to St Vincent and the Grenadines, in addition to St Lucia. The following in the full statement -
The Honourable Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, as Chair of CARICOM and lead Prime Minister on security in the region, spoke with Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines today, Friday 27th December, 2013 on the present situation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines following the severe rains and high winds over the 24-hour period from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day.
Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar expressed her sympathies for the families who lost loved ones and those whose homes were destroyed and flooded by the inclement weather.
The Prime Ministers also spoke of the extensive damage to the infrastructure of St. Vincent and the Grenadines including flooding of the only major hospital, the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, and damage done to the E.T. Joshua Airport. They also discussed the severe damage to roads and bridges around the islands.
Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar assured Prime Minister Gonsalves that Trinidad and Tobago is willing to assist St. Vincent and the Grenadines with relief efforts and emergency supplies as necessary. As such, an assessment team comprising Dr. Stephen Ramroop, Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, and Rear Admiral Richard Kelshall, Regional Security Coordinator in the Office of the Prime Minister, will be heading to St. Vincent today to ascertain the needs of the islands. Rear Admiral Kelshall is also scheduled to attend a meeting with Prime Minister Gonsalves following his initial assessment.
In Trinidad and Tobago’s continuing relief efforts to its CARICOM neighbours, emergency supplies have been organised to be delivered to St. Lucia today, Friday 27th December, 2013 on a Caribbean Airlines flight scheduled to leave Trinidad and Tobago at 12:30 p.m.
Additionally, as Chair of CARICOM, Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar received a call yesterday from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados assuring CARICOM that Barbados also stands ready to assist in relief efforts to its CARICOM partners.