Severe flooding, people missing in St Vincent

Water rushes through the children's ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. (Photo: Jerry George in St Vincent)
Water rushes through the children’s ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. (Photo: Jerry George 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.

6 Responses to Severe flooding, people missing in St Vincent

  1. Paige Mullin-Payne
    Paige Mullin-Payne December 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Wow. . Praying for all!!!

  2. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond December 25, 2013 at 10:42 am

    am praying for u all

  3. Kim Austin
    Kim Austin December 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Sharon Estwick

  4. Sisi Kitty Greenidge
    Sisi Kitty Greenidge December 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

    oh no

  5. Del N-h
    Del N-h December 25, 2013 at 11:40 am

    omg.. 🙁

  6. Nicholas Griffith
    Nicholas Griffith December 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    please guys let’s pray for the guys in st vincent today


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