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St. Lucia/Americas: Floods (MDRLC002) DREF Final Report

Saint Lucia
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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 24 December 2013, heavy rainfall and high winds caused by a low level trough system passed over the Eastern Caribbean, affecting the islands of Dominica, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The Meteorological Office in Saint Lucia recorded 171.1 mm of rain within a 24-hour period ending at 8:50 am on 25 December2013. As a result of this natural phenomenon, the communities of Canaries, Anse-La Raye, Vieux Fort and Bexon/Marc in Saint Lucia were directly impacted with severe flooding, landslides, loss of communication networks, inaccessibility of road networks and the loss of the water supply for the entire island. Six fatalities were reported as a result of the weather system. The main bridge between the communities of Canaries and Souferrie collapsed during the flooding, disrupting the movement between the two communities. The damage reported to livelihoods was large as 30 to 40 per cent of St. Lucia’s banana crop and 90 per cent of its vegetable crops were damaged.