CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Fri. Nov. 5, 2010: The Organization of American States on Thursday said it will be providing assistance to member states St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines and Barbados, following the devastation wrought by the passage of Hurricane Tomas.
OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, OAS Assistant Secretary General Ambassador Albert Ramdin activated the Inter-American Emergency Fund, to source the means to assist member states worst affected.
The prime ministers of both St Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines have appealed to the regional and international community for help.
Officials in St. Lucia have reported that up to 14 people have been confirmed dead and several others have been reported missing. Villages have been evacuated and many communities have been deemed unsafe because of the potential for landslides.
The agricultural sectors in both St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines have suffered severe damage, while schools, government offices and commercial centers have also been significantly affected.