St. Vincent & Grenadines

Key Developments

On December 24 and 25, torrential rains and high winds resulted in flooding and landslides in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  As of December 29, the severe weather had resulted in nine deaths, left three people missing, temporarily displaced more than 500 others, and affected approximately 13,000 people in total, according to the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (GoSVG) National Emergency Management Organization.  In addition, the rains and winds disrupted water service for approximately 75 percent of the country’s population and damaged or destroyed roads, bridges, and more than 160 houses.  GoSVG personnel are conducting damage evaluations and needs assessments, providing emergency relief supplies to affected populations, and clearing public areas.

On January 2, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Christopher J. Sandrolini declared a disaster in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines due to the effects of the severe weather.  In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is providing $50,000 to the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross to procure and distribute emergency relief commodities.  USAID/OFDA staff in San José, Costa Rica, continue to track the situation in coordination with the USAID/Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean mission disaster relief officer and USAID/OFDA staff in Washington, D.C.

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