Hurricane Beryl Leaves Devastation in its Wake: Three Dead in Caribbean Islands

Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Grenada – Devastation struck the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique in Grenada as Hurricane Beryl unleashed its wrath, resulting in the tragic loss of at least three lives, according to officials. Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell confirmed two reported deaths in Carriacou and Petite Martinique, while Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves disclosed an additional fatality in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The aftermath of the hurricane left a path of destruction, with power outages still plaguing the region and widespread damage to homes, buildings, and gas stations.

The situation in Grenada remains dire, with Prime Minister Mitchell emphasizing the complete destruction of infrastructure in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Restrictions on movement have been imposed due to impassable roads obstructed by debris, hindering efforts to clear the streets. Moreover, the destruction of gas stations has hampered the availability of fuel for heavy equipment operators tasked with debris removal and road clearance.

In response to the crisis, Grenada’s coast guard is unable to reach Carriacou and Petite Martinique due to marine advisories. However, plans are underway to dispatch a private aircraft carrying essential personnel, including the Commissioner of Police and members of the National Disaster Management Agency, to the affected islands. Additionally, Prime Minister Mitchell has requested the assistance of helicopters from neighboring regions to aid in relief operations.

Reflecting on the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Beryl, Prime Minister Mitchell solemnly acknowledged the harsh reality of the devastation faced by the nation. As the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique grapple with the aftermath of the storm, efforts are underway to restore normalcy and provide much-needed assistance to those affected by the disaster.