Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/2/2014 (9 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Island nation using money to prepare for next storm

The end of 2013 saw a series of brutal storms slam the Caribbean, costing the island nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines millions in damages.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/2/2014 (9 months ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: International, Americas, Caribbean


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - On Christmas Eve, 2013, the nation on the Caribbean archipelago suffered 12 inches of rain in three hours, a downpour that caused rivers to burst, destroyed infrastructure, claimed a dozen lives, and cost the nation 17% of its' annual gross domestic product.

Pray for the victims of storms and disasters.

The rebuilding nation has seen growing fears of massive flooding and landslides, especially since the annual hurricane season is starting in less than two weeks. For residents of the South Leeward island town of Vermont, one of the areas hardest hit by the storm in December, projects are underway to avoid similar disasters.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.


The town received more than $40.5 million dollars from the climate and disaster risk reduction project, which Is backed by the World Bank's International Development Association and by the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience of the Climate Investment Funds.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.


The project, which is dubbed the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project, focuses on reducing damage from the storms hitting the islands; these storms have been regularly increasing in severity and frequency.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.


The project aims to boost investment in disaster prevention and adaptation to climate impacts, establish a regional system to evaluate risks, improve response to natural disasters, and to help the nation to build a technical and institutional capacity to deal with climate related issues.

For those who suffered in last year's disaster, they say, the help couldn't come soon enough.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.


"I just lived through the worst disaster I have ever seen. I do not sleep here anymore. I have nightmares and I am afraid of flash flooding," said Corinthian Haddaway, a 46-year-old tailor from lower Vermont. Haddaway lost all his belongings to the flooding on Christmas Eve.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.


Haddaway's house sits precariously on the Vermont River bank, and he hopes that the efforts to stabilize the nearby slopes and protect the river embankment will prevent such losses in future storms.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The storm on Christmas Eve, 2013, slammed the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.


"I know with Mother Nature and the hurricane season on the way, you cannot stop rain or inclement weather, but if we can help reduce the impact of weather, like what we saw on Christmas eve, this will help all of us who call this place home," he said.

A dose of medicine is a great way to help any area, especially those hard hit by disasters. Sometimes a single dose can save a life, or help victims spend their money on more pressing issues like drinking water or food. Help save a life today.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.



Comments


More Americas

Villarrica's spectacular eruption: Nature's version of 'fireworks' Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Chile's most active volcano finally erupted, after starting to show signs of seismic disturbance a few days ago. The volcanic activity raised alarm to over 3,300 residents who were evacuated from the small towns of Villarrica, Pucon and Conaripe before the eruption ... continue reading


Beautiful 'Lost City' found in the jungles of Honduras Watch

Image of The

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Archaeologists have finally found the main subject of legends and folklore about "monkey children," a "monkey god" and a "massive source of gold." The city that was left mysteriously by an unidentified civilization hundreds of years ago has been rediscovered in the far ... continue reading


Infamous leader of Knights Templar drug cartel arrested Watch

Image of Servando Gomez, the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel, was arrested by Mexican authorities. This will deal a critical blow to the deadly group.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A major blow has been dealt to the infamous Knights Templar drug cartel, after Mexican federal police arrested Servando Gomez, the leader of the group, on February 27. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Knights Templar have been operating out of the ... continue reading


SNOW FUN: Eastern Canada inundated by heavy snowfall (PICTURES) Watch

Image of Snow has hammered eastern Canada is some of the heaviest snowfall in years.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Many residents in eastern Canada have resigned themselves to sitting out this winter. Massive snowfalls have left many prisoners in their homes, snow past windowsills, reaching up to roofs in many parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Twice as deadly: Virulent strain of AIDS now plaguing Cuba Watch

Image of A new strain of HIV in Cuba that progresses to AIDS twice as fast has many medical officials worried. Those who contract this form of HIV are left with a much shorter window in which they can seek treatment.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new strain of HIV in Cuba that progresses to AIDS twice as fast has many medical officials worried. Those who contract this form of HIV are left with a much shorter window in which they can seek treatment. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A deadly mix of ... continue reading


VIDEO: Snow doesn't stop Canadian super train in a spectacular video Watch

Image of The track, being completely covered with high snow, the windscreen at the front of the train likewise is also all blocked up. At this point, you'd be hard pressed to guess there was a train approaching.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A spectacular video is making the rounds, and it's just another case of a not-so-little engine that could. A Canadian freight train doesn't shy away from a massive snow bank - and plows straight through it, spreading snow all over the place in a mini-avalanche. ... continue reading


South American nation of Ecuador becomes first nation to back digital cash Watch

Image of Once the government flips the switch, the South American nation of 16 million will host the first-ever state-run electronic payment system.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

The South American nation of Ecuador ditched its stumbling currency for the U.S. dollar back in 2000. Fifteen years later, Ecuador is revamping its monetary system again, this time using digital currencies. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ecuador's Sistema de ... continue reading


Is the Cold War over? Congress pushes for end of restrictions on travel with Cuba Watch

Image of President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro have been working together to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Obama's inroads into warming relations between the United States and Cuba is being supported by a bipartisan group of Senators, who on Thursday unveiled a bill that would end travel restrictions for Americans who wish to visit Cuba. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Castro making demands: Won't budge an inch on Cuban sovereignty in opening relations to U.S. Watch

Image of

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Cuban President Raul Castro, brother of longtime dictator Fidel Castro appears to welcome normalizing U.S. relations. His compatriots wish to end the isolation that was visited upon the Caribbean nation since the communists took over in the 1950s. However - ... continue reading


IT'S MINE! Traders, tycoons and miners all vying for possession of Brazil's 180,000-carat Bahia Emerald Watch

Image of For the time being, the gem is now held in an undisclosed Sheriff's Department location.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Ever since human eyes laid upon it in 2001, Brazil's Bahia Emerald has been caught in an ongoing tug of war between those who say the gem is rightfully theirs. Landing in an L.A. County sheriff's locker, the 180,000-carat, 840-pound behemoth has been the ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18
3 Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
16 He called down famine on the land, he took away ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
33 'Listen to another parable. There was a man, a ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 6th, 2015 Image

St. Colette
March 6: Colette was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter