A devastating natural disaster struck St. Vincent on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day 2013. The northern half of the country, on the eastern and western sides, has been especially affected. This disaster comes upon the heels of Hurricane Tomas in October 2010 and the horrific floods/landslides of April 2011. The recent Christmas disaster is worse than those of 2010 and 2011, combined. People, particularly the poor, are suffering harshly in the northern, rural half of St. Vincent. A humanitarian crisis is looming. The physical infrastructure in the northern half of St. Vincent is shattered.
The situation, in summary form, is as follows:
1. One-half of the country is without water.
2. At least three hundred families or some 1,000 persons are in a condition of desperation.
3. Nine persons died in the disaster; and four others are missing.
4. Some two hundred houses have been destroyed or severely damaged; an even larger number has been flooded by flash floods and the overflowing of the many rivers. Hundreds of families have lost everything in their homes. Threatened households have to be relocated.
5. Fourteen bridges have been destroyed and many others severely compromised. The road network has been ravaged in the northern half of St. Vincent.
6. The main hospital has been damaged and equipment and supplies destroyed.
7. The rivers have been widened and the river defenses swept away.
8. Farms, crops, and animals have been lost in the flood.
It will take hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild and rehabilitate northern St. Vincent. But immediately a humanitarian challenge of immense proportions is upon us.
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