As worsening storms slam the Caribbean, St. Vincent fights back

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 30 May 2014 18:00 PM
Author: Kingsley E. Roberts
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Facing worsening extreme weather, including a downpour of 12 inches of rain in three hours last Christmas Eve, the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is making plans to better protect itself and build greater resilience to disasters. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/Kingsley E. Roberts

To see an associated story on St. Vincent and the Grenadines' efforts to cut disaster risk, click here.

  • Corinthian Haddaway, of the South Leeward island town of Vermont, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, lost everything he owned during a Christmas Eve 2013 storm. The tailor, like many of his neighbours, is rebuilding but worries about the impending hurricane season.

  • Renard Moses, who runs a scrap metal and construction equipment rental company in lower Vermont, built a bridge over the Vermont River after the original was washed away by floodwaters after heavy rainfall in December 2013.

  • A landslide at Rose Bank on South Leeward island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A slope stabilisation effort is expected to begin tackling the problem in 2014.

  • A view of Upper Vermont, on South Leeward in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, following a 2013 Christmas Eve storm.

  • A view of a section of the Warrow Warrow River, which is earmarked for work to lower the risk of flooding.

  • A view of the Vermont River in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the aftermathof a devastating 2013 Christmas Eve storm.

  • Infrastructural damage following the 2013 Christmas Eve storm in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Officials say things must be rebuilt better and stronger to hold up to worsening climate change impacts.

  • Engineers asses the slope stabilization needs in the Dark View area on the Leeward side of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

  • Erosion at Dark View, one of the areas earmarked for slope stabilisation works to cut disaster risk in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

  • A house perched on a river’s edge in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

  • Coastal damage on Black Point Beach on the Windward Side of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

  • Damage in the Windward Town of Georgetown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, following the 2013 Christmas Eve Storm.

  • One of a few houses on the bank of the Colonarie River on the Windward side of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Residents are hoping that river embankment protection works will prevent massive flooding in the future.

  • A resident of the Windward town of Black Point, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, points out damage caused to the town by heavy rains on Christmas Eve 2013.

  • Infrastructural damage in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines town of Georgetown, following the Christmas Eve 2013 storm.

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