Storm claims life of teen in St Vincent
Tropical Storm Matthew killed one person in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday night as it unleashed its fury on the country.
Secondary school student, Kenron Samuel Elijah Antoine, 16, was crushed by a boulder as he was attempting to remove debris behind his home to clear a path for water that was flooding the house in a small town in the southwestern parish of St Andrew, the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) reported.
The house is located close to a rocky cliff and reports are that the boulder had become lose, pinning the student against the wall of the concrete house, killing him instantly.
Deputy Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) Michelle Forbes has made a very strong appeal for persons to remain vigilant as drains and rivers burst their banks, dumping debris and other materials on the roads making some of them impassable.
In the Central Leeward village of Buccament Bay, several people abandoned their homes and sought refuge in emergency shelters as the river nearby overran its banks.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Enville Williams said an estimated 25 people left their homes for the shelter, the CMC reported.
In 2013, the river was responsible for the deaths of several people after heavy rains from a trough system on Christmas Eve caused widespread flooding.
Meantime, there were reports of flooding in a number of areas, as well as landslides and power outages.
In addition, NEMO said it had received confirmed reports of damage to several homes, landslides and blocked roads.
Schools were closed on Thursday, and NEMO urged residents not to go sightseeing as emergency services continued to respond to reports.