Grenada: State Of Emergency Removed

(CMC) – Grenada will on Tuesday remove the state of emergency (SOE) for Carriacou and Petite Martinique that had been put into effect after the islands were battered by Hurricane Beryl when it passed through the Windward Islands last Monday.

The two islands were placed under the SOE last Wednesday with an 11-hour daily curfew from 7.00 pm (local time).

According to an extraordinary publication of the official Gazette on Monday,  signed by Carvel Lett, Secretary to the Cabinet, the  Emergency Powers (Hurricane Beryl) (No 2) regulation will be repealed as of July 09.

As required by the Disaster Management Act, the Government has since declared the parishes of St Patrick and Carriacou and Petite Martinique as disaster zones for three months covering the period from July 01 to September 30,  2024.

“This Notice shall be deemed to have commenced at 11:00 a.m. on the 1st day of July 2024 and shall expire at 11:59 p.m. on the 30th day of September 2024,” said the notice which explained that Hurricane Beryl with maximum sustained winds of approximately 120 miles per hour (mph) caused widespread damage and destruction to property, physical infrastructure, the environment and crops and loss of human life.

Government is yet to announce the estimated cost of the damages.

Meanwhile, the Anguilla government says it is making available half a million EC dollars (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) to be divided equally between Grenada and St.Vincent and the Grenadines for hurricane relief efforts.

“The catastrophic damage to Carriacou, Petit Martinique, Union Island and others reminds us of Anguilla’s plight following Hurricane Irma in 2017 and confirms that global warming and our position as Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean make us interconnected, interrelated, and mutually vulnerable,” Premier, Dr Ellis Lorenzo Webster.

“In Anguilla’s time of distress and need, the region stood in solidarity and came to our aid. It is now our turn to help our brothers and sisters in the Windward Islands. To this end, the Executive Council has approved a financial contribution of EC$500,000.00 to be divided equally between Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines for hurricane relief and recovery efforts,” he added.