Government makes special appeal for help

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Government makes special appeal for help
The heading into Vieux-Fort town.
The heading into Vieux-Fort town.

Christmas in Saint Lucia, like many other places around the world, is usually a time of merriment and celebration.  We share food and drinks with friends and family.

This year, many of our Saint Lucian brothers and sisters could not participate in the Christmas merriment as an unusual weather event bringing significant rainfall resulted in loss of personal belongings and six deaths.

In several parts of the island bridges collapsed or were compromised and motorways were made impassible due to land slippage; electricity and water supply was disrupted, whilst communication was cut off.

The Government of Saint Lucia, along with the utility companies and other contractors and citizens are working assiduously to return the country to a sense of normalcy.  However, many families continue to suffer as they have lost their belongings and must take up temporary residence at public shelters.

The Government of Saint Lucia is therefore making a special appeal to those who are not as badly affected to extend fraternal love, through charitable donations of clothing, food, bedding/mattresses and hygiene items to those affected by the heavy rains.

Residents in the communities of Anse La Raye, Bexon-Marc, Canaries, Vieux Fort North and South , have been particularly hard hit by the heavy rains. Many have lost their beds, appliances, clothes and furniture.

These donated items can be taken directly to MEMO or to the offices of Constituency Councils or to local Disaster Committees.

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  1. my heart and prayers goes out to the nation and the neigbouring countries affected by this storm , please lets help one another the best way we can and not criticize and throw judgedemnets at any one I do hope that the government help those were affected whether by donations of food shelter or consoling the families who lost the dear love ones people of st.lucia don't get discouraqed god has nt forgotten the people of st. lucia encourage each other as I have encourage you this day the love of god will completely restore the broken just believe and have faith

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  2. Just visited Anse La Raye from our cruise....with our taxi driver Bryan, he showed us the devastation - feeling very sorry for the locals who have lost many of their belongings. The 4 cruise ships that are docked should all have had a collection ..... If everyone on board donated just $5 it would have raised $35.000 I'm sure if someone organized it for tomorrow, the people could be quickly helped to return to normal!

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  3. Let everyone come together and lend a helping hand those are our brothers and sister in time of need my prayers are with you guys

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  4. hope this does not turn to be another political football. The hacks on both side are now ready for the slaughter,,

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  5. So unfortunate....I hope those affected get all the help they need as the island pulls together.

    On a side note and based on the photos circulated - when rebuilding those damaged bridges...please don't build them flat.

    When debris gets washed downstream and gets stuck, the water has nowhere to go so it’s forced to overflow the banks. Now I’m not saying that had the bridges been higher there would be no flooding. Based on the rain water volume, flooding was imminent. Granted we can't predict the volume of debris or type of debris being washed away but at least, with higher bridges over waterways, how quickly they get blocked is reduced.

    Other than the volume of rain that fell which was obviously too much for the drainage system, and the fact that many low lying areas are at or below sea level - please sensitize the public about dumping of refuse, vehicles and appliances in waterways. Refuse is another factor in the ripple effect of flooding.

    Peace and a speedy recovery to the people

    ONE LOVE!

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