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Did you know on July 10, 1960, St. Lucia had a bitter taste of the season’s first hurricane –“Abby”? The damage done was estimated at $3,000,000.
Besides the destruction to bridges, crops, livestock and private property, it was the cause of the death of six children. The house in which they were sheltering in Fonds St. Jacques, Soufriѐre was covered by a landslide.
However, the United Kingdom Government made the island a free grant of $1,000,000 for rehabilitation work; and the Jamaica Government donated $72,000 to assist those persons who had suffered losses.
Source: Outlines of St. Lucia’s History by Rev. Fr. Charles Jesse – 1994
This feature runs every Tuesday and Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected]