Severe flooding, people missing in St Vincent
Two persons are missing, several persons trapped and the streets in the Capital, Kingstown flooded, as torrential rains in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have caused severe flooding, damage to housing and infrastructure overnight.
Deputy Director of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), Michelle Forbes identified Buccament Bay, Vermont, South Rivers, Byera, Spring Village, Rose Bank, Kingstown, E. T. Joshua Airport, and Milton Cato Memorial Hospital as among the major areas affected.
The rains come as a tropical trough system moves over the islands, causing severe flooding, damage to homes, roads and bridges on mainland St. Vincent.
“The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) is partially activated and a number of key agencies and volunteers are involved in the operations. In terms of the impact, two persons, an 18 year old and her two-year-old brother have been reported missing in the Buccament area. Several persons trapped in their home from flooded waters and the E. T. Joshua Airport [was] flooded. It is scheduled to open at noon.
“The Pediatric Ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital was flooded. There is heavy flooding reported in Kingstown and one Emergency Shelter has been activated – The Buccament Bay Secondary School where we have five families; just about 27 persons in shelter,” she said.
In terms of infrastructure, there have been reports from the Building Roads and General Services Authority and the Ministry of Transport and Works have reported several bridges and roads flooded.
Assessments, they say, will be conducted at the earliest opportunity.
Meantime, several rivers overflowed their banks in Chateaubelair, Buccament, Vermont, O’Briens Valley, Clare Valley and South Rivers.