Appeal for aid
St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ diplomats in the United States are appealing for urgent aid to help their homeland in the wake of the Christmas storm that left several people dead and a trail of destruction.
In a letter commissioned to nationals in the Diaspora by St. Vincent and the Grenadines Consulate General in New York, Consul General Selmon Walters on Saturday appealed for donations of cash, food, clothing, toiletries, water and medical supplies.
Walters, a former government minister in the administration of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, noted that the country suffered estimated damages in the region of EC$150 million as a result of the December 24 storm.
He said nine lives were lost, five people still missing, and 64 persons remain in shelters.
In addition, the envoy said a number of houses, roads and bridges were destroyed, and that the potable water system is “severely affected.”
As a result, Walters said the Consulate General, in collaboration with a number of Vincentian organizations in the United States, is “spearheading” relief efforts to send much-needed supplies home.