12 confirmed dead in St. Lucia after passage of Hurricane Tomas

A senior St. Lucian government minister Monday said that at least 12 people were confirmed dead following the passage of Hurricane Tomas over the weekend.

Tourism minister Allan Chastanet speaking on local radio here, said that the deaths occurred in the southern town of Soufriere.

“I would say to you right now we have 12 confirmed dead…unfortunately there are still people who are buried….,” he said, noting that the authorities had tried desperately to reach the area on the first day after the storm.

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