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Now Flooding; Haiti expecting more rain, more floods as Nat’l Emergency Operation Center activated

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By Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti, June 5, 2023 – Haiti’s National Emergency Operation Center has been opened according to Dr. Ariel Henry, Prime Minister in addressing the people of his country; all due to heavy rain pouring down resulting in damage across the republic.

The rain which has been gushing over Haiti since June 1st, 2023, is expected to continue for the rest of the week, “three to five days,” according to Marcelin Esterlin, Director General of the Hydro-Meteorological Unit.

“This is not a situation that will improve in the coming hours because we have compact rain cells that have settled in the West and South-East departments, which explains why it’s raining all the time,” added Esterlin.

Additionally, authorities say the probability of rain was 65 percent for Monday and 85 percent for Tuesday.

The Government met and had talks on Saturday June 3rd, 2023, about the unfortunate position Haiti is in as rivers break their banks and floods continue to cover areas of the country alongside landslides, all causing significant damage.

Efforts are being made to help the situation as Rosemond Pradel, Public Works Minister, organized a task force and issued instructions to the Departmental Director to take the steps needed to intervene effectively in the “chefs-lieux” (chief towns) of departments and municipalities.

These actions taken by the Government will serve to be of great help as authorities report towns flooded in the North West, unfortunately leaving many homeless.

In fact, roads in Port-au-Prince, the capital, have become impassable.  Mudslides have also been reported in the capital as well as other regions.

Also, healthcare is negatively affected as hospitals and health centers in the Léogâne region have been flooded, and the situation has been worsened with canals that have not been cleaned which is known to make flooding more severe.

Haiti’s unfortunate reality comes as the Caribbean region enters the first leg of the El Niño Phase that brings severe weather patterns such as dry spells and increased rainfall with a threat of hurricanes.

 

 

Caption of Haitian PM press conference

Accompagné des ministres des #TPTC, de la Défense, de l’Environnement, je suis présentement au Centre d’opération d’urgence national (#COUN), dans le cadre des dispositions urgentes à prendre en vue de venir en aide aux populations sinistrées, victimes des intempéries qui s’abattent sur le pays.

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Calls made for reparations tribunal

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Rashaed Esson

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Barbados ambassador to the Caribbean Community, David Comissiong, reportedly called for an international tribunal to seek reparations for the transatlantic slave trade that had milions of Africans forcibly sold into slavery. He was speaking at the third session of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent (PFPAD) in Geneva, Switzerland on April 17, and he expressed that this is needed as there is currently no international court, to deal with the issues of reparations and that having a tribunal would require positive decision by the UN General Assembly.

In support for Reparatory justice, UN Secretary Antonio Guterres in a video message, addressed the forum while acknowledging that racism is still a major issue today’s society

Comissiong’s view was also supported by other nations at the meeting.

 

 

 

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St Vincent and the Grenadines Cruise Industry Development Efforts

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Rashaed Esson

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St Vincent and the Grenadines is working to expand its cruise tourism industry, joining the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), as a 2024 Destination Development Strategic Partner, as announced at the Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Miami on April 10.

Minister of Tourism Carlos James, at the Conference, spoke on the significance of the partnership.

“It’s a significant strategic move in terms of working closely with the FCCA, to leverage a lot of the support that they can offer to our island. In fact, some of the reviews that we just had from this recent discussion here at Seatrade, are really valuable about how we can go back home to St Vincent and the Grenadines and further develop our product. It puts us closer with the cruise lines, it puts us closer with a lot of the service providers within the industry,” he maintained.

 

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Jamaica and Bahamas teams named for World Relays

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The World Relay Championships is coming up and The Bahamas has named its team of 28 members called team 242, according to reports. Jamaica has also named its team of 31. The relays will be held in Nassau, Bahamas at the Thomas Robinson Stadium from May 4 to 5 and about 450 athletes from 36 national teams are expected to compete.

 

 

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