Devastation in Carriacou and Petite Martinique: Hurricane Beryl Claims Three Lives

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent and the Grenadines – St. Vincent and the Grenadines has experienced the devastating impact of Hurricane Beryl, claiming the lives of at least three individuals in Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Grenada. Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell confirmed two deaths in Carriacou and Petite Martinique and acknowledged the severity of the situation during a news conference.

The aftermath of the hurricane has left a trail of destruction in its path, with homes, buildings, and gas stations in Carriacou and Petite Martinique bearing the brunt of the storm. Prime Minister Mitchell described the situation in Grenada as grim, emphasizing the lack of power in the region as of Monday.

The destructive force of Hurricane Beryl has rendered movement in Carriacou and Petite Martinique highly restricted, with roads impassable due to extensive debris obstructing the streets. The prime minister highlighted the challenges faced by heavy equipment operators who are unable to mobilize without access to fuel to clear the roads.

Despite the urgency of the situation, the country’s coast guard has been unable to reach Carriacou and Petite Martinique due to a marine advisory in Grenada. In response, a private aircraft will transport essential personnel, including the Commissioner of Police and members of the National Disaster Management Agency, to the affected areas along with a technical assistance team.

“As a nation, we are coming to grips with the reality of the devastation,” Mitchell expressed, underscoring the collective effort required to address the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Beryl on the region. Requests for assistance, including helicopters from neighboring areas, are being made to support relief and recovery efforts in the affected communities.