Thursday, November 04, 2010

加勒比海 聖盧西亞島國 / Caribbean Island of St Lucia

Last weekend, Hurricane Tomas killed 14 ppl on the Caribbean Island of St Lucia, which K and I visited in June 2010. I shall give our friend C a call and hope all is well with her aging mother and family living in Soufrière.

(維基百科: 聖盧西亞是東加勒比海鄰近大西洋的島國。它在聖文森特和格林納丁斯之北和法屬馬丁尼克之南,是小安地列斯群島的一部份。首都設於卡斯翠。)

攝影图片 Photo Credit:
Wikipedia / St Lucia
* 小錐山 Pitit Piton (which I hiked all the way to the summit in June 2010)
* 蘇弗里耶爾 Soufrière
Updated: Nov 6, 2010:
I ran into T at the Carlingwood Mall. She had called C this morning to let her know the phone system was back in service. C talked to her brother in Soufriere and was relieved to find out her family members were all safe. According to T, there were mudslides everywhere and some villages would never be the same again. She also mentioned that one of the family selling souvenirs on the hilly road leading into Soufriere was wiped out. I hope it was not the woman from whom I had bought K's bracelet. Sigh !!!


November 2, 2010 BBC:

At least 14 people are now known to have died on the Caribbean island of St Lucia after Hurricane Tomas triggered landslides, officials say.

Tourism minister Allan Chastanet told local radio that the southern town of Soufrière had been worst hit and resembled "a war zone".

The storm, which struck at the weekend, also battered the island of St Vincent.

Tomas, now a tropical storm, is veering towards Haiti where thousands are still homeless after January's earthquake.

In St Lucia, Prime Minister Stephenson King declared a state of emergency and appealed for international assistance, local media reported.

Bridges were destroyed, and some of the worst-hit communities in the south could only be reached by boat.

"Recovery efforts are very slow. Our efforts to get help to the ravished community have been weakened as a string of fires in homes brings us to our knees," a firefighter in the capital Castries told the BBC.

He said the water mains were empty and that trying to get water to the fires "was an exercise in near futility" due to the mountainous landscape.

Tomas, downgraded from a hurricane on Sunday evening, lashed islands in the eastern Caribbean with sustained winds of 75mph (120km/h).


No comments:

Related Posts with Thumbnails