HEAVY RAINS DRENCH SAINT LUCIA

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– Results in fallen trees and landslides.

 

The island of St. Lucia was drenched with heavy rains which have so far resulted in several fallen trees, blocked roads and landslides. Infrastructure Minister, Phillip J Pierre, said low lying communities along the northern and eastern sections of the island were among the hardest hit by the rains that started on Friday, and residents in these areas were urged to move to higher ground. Pierre also reported that some areas, north of the capital, were without electricity as a result of a fallen pole.

“We are aware that sections of the capital have also been affected by flood waters. The government continues to monitor the situation and encourages all to report any concerns or damage in their area,” Pierre said, adding “while an improvement in weather conditions is expected later today, we wish to advise those in flood and landslide prone areas to remain vigilant. “Please adhere to the caution against sea bathing until the weather improves,” Pierre said.

A government statement said that response teams have been mobilized and are attending to blocked roads and bridges, fallen trees and landslides. Last December, at least three people were killed after a low lying trough pounded the island causing damage estimated at millions of dollars.

Extracted and modified from Caribbean 360

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