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Posted: Friday, July 9, 2021. 6:08 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Caribbean region, with its multiple natural hazards such as volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes, must respond to the need for strengthening resilience, its heads of government resolved at this week’s regional meeting.

On the agenda was the literally explosive situation in St Vincent and the Grenadines in the aftermath of the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano, as well as flooding in Guyana and Suriname and the glancing blow taken by Barbados, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines from the recent passage of Hurricane Elsa.

The 2021 hurricane season is expected to be above average active, with an expected eighteen named storms of which eight are forecast to become hurricanes and four major hurricanes.

The leaders made note of the regional institutions that have led response and preparation for regional emergencies and development partners for their support. These include the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Heads of Government agreed to lobby development partners for continued support in view of the ongoing response and the requirements for recovery going forward.

 

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