St Vincent braces for more bad weather

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Monday January 6, 2014, CMC – Two weeks after a low level trough caused death and destruction in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, residents were bracing for the passage of another weather system late on Monday.

At least nine people were killed and four others remain missing after the Christmas Eve weather system caused hundreds of millions of dollars (One EC dollar = US$0.37 cents) in damages.

Weather forecasters have been advising that a trough system is expected to begin affecting the island late Monday into early Tuesday and that it was located east of the Lesser Antilles.

The advisory said that the weather system would add to the general instability across the eastern Caribbean as moisture levels increase.

“This system could produce some moderate to heavy showers over the Windward Islands,” the Met Office said.

Meanwhile, schools which were due to re-open after the Christmas holidays on Monday will remain closed for another week, according to the Ministry of Education.

Some of the schools, which are being used as emergency shelters, are still without pipe-borne water. Most of the roadways have been cleared even as residents continue to be affected by intermittent water problems.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that efforts are being made to help people who lost most of their appliances in the storm. A radiothon on Sunday resulted in pledges of EC$127,000. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)

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