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Rainy week in Eastern Caribbean causes property, infrastructure damage
Published on December 3, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version


Flooding and property damage caused by heavy rains this week in St Vincent and the Grenadines

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CEDEMA), through its national disaster coordinators on the ground, has provided this summary of conditions in affected member states during this week’s tropical disturbance, which brought heavy showers and thunderstorms.

Barbados, Dominica and Saint Lucia experienced flooding, while St Vincent and the Grenadines experienced flooding and landslides:

St Vincent and the Grenadines:

The latest Situation Report issued by the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) on Wednesday provided the following updates:

• 177 persons were in shelters

• 15 houses reported destroyed, 20 houses damaged and 6 flooded

• 15 reported cases of landslides

• 8 reported damaged bridges

• 8 reported damaged roads (The Roads Bridges and General Services Authority is conducting assessment and clean-up operations)

• Reported extensive damage to water systems and downed power poles/lines due to landslides


• 8 houses reported damaged as result of flooding

• 2 downed power poles

• A number of roads were declared impassable

• 4 fallen trees

• The Emergency Services responded to five reports of persons in distress and requiring assistance


• Some flooding occurred but no major damage reported.

• The National Meteorological Office and the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) issued advisories and PSAs.

• Government engineers will conduct assessment of critical infrastructure


• There were reports of flooding in Carriacou and heavy rains in the northern part of the main island

• The MET Service has issued an advisory warning of possible flooding and landslides.

Saint Lucia:

• There was minor flooding reported in certain parts of the island.

• Few fallen trees and some debris inclusive of rocks were also reported. These have since been cleared by Public Works.

• Schools were suspended 29 November, 2016

• Several public information announcements were issued by NEMO
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