Guyana pledges financial support for flood affected Caricom states
Guyana has offered to donate 275 thousand US dollars in what the government of Guyana is calling a gesture of solidarity with its sister nations of the Caribbean Community. The money is going to those island states affected by deaths and infrastructural damage following torrential downpours that hit those islands on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The Government of Guyana says it will contribute US$100,000 to the Government of St Lucia, US$100,000 to the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines and US$75,000 to the Government of Dominica to assist in their recovery efforts in the wake of the recent heavy rains which resulted in the loss of life and critical damage to property and infrastructure.
The Ramotar Administration has been monitoring the situation in the Eastern Caribbean. It has been relying on the reports from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency with a view to supporting the recovery efforts of the affected Member States of the Eastern Caribbean. That support has now been offered in the form of financial assistance.
The President on Boxing Day called and extended his sympathies to the Prime Minister of St Lucia Dr. Kenny Anthony but was unable to reach the Prime Minister of St. Vincent Ralph Gonsalves at that time. Gonsalves was very candid in an interview later on the island about what these states should be doing to restore normalcy.
Dominica was also severely affected by the weather system.