BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – In 2017, the Caribbean felt the full brunt of climate change with a warning that current trends indicate that there will be no respite.
Within a two-week period, Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought home the reality of the impact of climate change as they churned their way across the Lesser Antilles destroying everything in their paths. Hurricane Harvey had in August set the stage for what was to come; with devastation in Houston, Texas, amounting to nearly US$200billion.
“The unprecedented nature of this climatic event highlights the unusual nature of weather patterns that continue to affect nations across the globe,” the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque said in a message to United States President Donald Trump, as Harvey made landfall in the United States after whipping up strong winds and heavy rains in the Caribbean.
It took less than a month for his statement to bear fruit. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two Category 5 storms left so many Caribbean islands devastated in September that the CARICOM Chairman and Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said “there can be no question that for us in the Caribbean, climate change is an existential threat”. (more…)
The Turks and Caicos Islands Government, in its 22nd Meeting of Cabinet held on Wednesday September 9th, 2015 in the nation’s capital Grand Turk, agreed to a relief fund of US$100,000 to assist with the restoration efforts in Dominica which today remains a state of emergency following the recent passage of TS Erika on August 28, 2015.
The Tropical Storm which dumped some 10 inches of rain in just a few hours in the Caribbean country left in its wake twenty persons dead and many others missing. The Government of Dominica has reported that TS Erika destroyed over 370 dwelling homes, devastated villages and wrought infrastructural damages amounting to some US$228 million dollars.
Premier and Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Hon. Dr. Rufus W. Ewing, following the Cabinet meeting commented, “Dominica has suffered greatly as a result of the passing of TS Erika and countries everywhere, who are in a position to do so should assist where possible to help to meet the needs of the displaced and to assist in restoring their lives to normalcy. I am pleased that we are in a position to assist financially and while the grant is but a dent in the estimated value of damages, we know from the devastation of Hurricane Ike in 2008 that every little bit helps. We will keep Dominica in our prayers.”
The $100,000 relief fund will be appropriated from the Turks and Caicos Island Contigency Fund, a reserve source account intended for emergency spend such as this.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are mourning the death of the author of the territory’s National Song “This Land of Ours”.
Reverend Conrad Howell was found dead over the weekend after his family reported him missing on Thursday.
TCI Premier Dr. Rufus Ewing, in a Statement, described Pastor Howell’s death as a tremendous loss to the nation.
See report on statement: (more…)