St Lucia is appealing for international help, as the death toll from last week’s devastating hurricane mounted.
Prime Minister Stephenson King has also asked the French to assist the island in search and rescue in the aftermath of what is already being described as the worst ever natural disaster in St Lucian history.
Mr King has put damage in the aftermath at the disaster at an initial EC$100 million, that’s about US$37 million.
The worst affected community is the West Coast town of Soufriere, where homes were washed away with their occupants inside.
“The island has suffered greatly through this storm with entire villages being washed away, to main roadways being demolished. Many people are without power, food, clean water, and shelter. People have even resorted to slaughtering drowned animals for food which is likely to cause a massive spread of disease. Villages have been isolated by landslides without communication and transportation to the rest of the island. Currently our international airport has been shut down due to severe damage as well.
”Relief and aid is in dire need in this country as the death toll is likely to rise with each passing moment. ”