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Eastern Caribbean: Floods and Landslides - Dec 2013

Saint-Vincent et les Grenadines
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Types de catastrophes
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Severe rains and high winds due to a low level trough system caused floods and landslides in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Dominica from 23-25 Dec 2013. St. Vincent and the Grenadines reported nine deaths and over five hundred persons affected, of which 237 were provided with emergency shelter. According to preliminary reports from initial assessments 30 homes were destroyed and a further 135 damaged. Assessments are on-going and these numbers are expected to increase. The Government declared a level two disaster. A level two disaster is declared when the damage is severe and for which local resources and response capacity are limited and specialized external assistance is requested. In Saint Lucia, six people were killed, and Dominica reported 185 people affected. (CDEMA, 3 Jan 2014)

OCHA approved emergency funds for Saint Lucia ($35,000), Dominica ($15,000) and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ($35,000). The funds will support national authorities in their efforts to attend to the immediate needs faced by the health sector and for the provision of medical supplies, food and cleaning supplies. Other humanitarian actors have also approved funds. (OCHA, 6 Jan 2014)