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Hurricane Beryl
July 05, 2024

The UN Secretary-General reiterated his solidarity with countries affected by hurricane Beryl, releasing $4 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Jamaica. The European Union has approved US$486,600 (€450,000) in humanitarian aid for SVG and Grenada.

First assessments from Grenada indicate 3 fatalities, one on Grenada in the River Road area, and two on the sister island of Carriacou. More than 1,600 people are in shelters, a number that is expected to double.

Over 98 per cent of the buildings have been severely affected in the Union, Carriacou and Petite Martinique islands, where most of the health facilities are compromised, as well as the terminal building at Carriacou’s Lauriston airport.

Emergency response priorities are logistics and relief management support (temporary shelters arrangements, warehouse management, transportation), waste management (debris removal and management teams, human waste and domestic waste).

Due to telecommunication issues, the full extent of damage in Mayreau and Canouan remains unknown, but similar severe damage is expected. In contrast, Bequia in the northern Grenadines sustained less damage.

Thirty Minutes Changed Carriacou

Beryl made landfall in Carriacou, Grenada as a Category 4 hurricane.

“In half an hour, Carriacou was flattened,” Grenada Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell said in a news conference.

The prime minister took a helicopter tour Tuesday to survey the damage in Carriacou. He said seeing the impact firsthand was “heartbreaking” but in every face of the people he met, “I saw resilience and strength.”

Mitchell said the island’s mangroves, which are an essential part of maintaining coastal ecosystems and providing defense against storm surges, rising sea levels and erosion, were “totally destroyed.” Boats and marinas also saw significant damage, he said. 

“There is almost complete destruction of the electrical grid system in Carriacou. The entire communication system is completely destroyed,” Mitchell said. “…Many people have lost their entire homes.” 

Storm chasers from the US arrived on Carriacou the day before Beryl made landfall. The video is of their first drive around Carriacou after Hurricane Beryl.

This was shot the day after #HurricaneBeryl made #landfall in #carriacou #grenada “We were driving around the island doing damage surveys, stopping in certain places to allow people to use our starlink to make first contact with families and capturing drone video. We are hoping families are able to get clues to family members or homes”.

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