BVI Tropical Wave Leads to Extensive Flooding

OECS Media Statement

The OECS Commission has commiserated with the British Virgin Islands in the wake of a severe tropical wave that has drenched the territory with hours of rain that has inundated homes, businesses and churches.

In the wake of the extensive and damaging flooding the Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules and staff of the OECS Commission have offered their sympathies to the people of the British Virgin Islands.

Dr. Jules said that thoughts and prayers were with those who had suffered loss and continue to be affected by the flooding.

Commissioners from Member States to the OECS have remained in close contact with BVI, Commissioner, Ms. Najan Christopher to monitor and assess the evolving situation.  

Other Member States are now awaiting advice from the BVI as to what assistance they would deem most useful from sister OECS territories in order to mobile disaster recovery resources.

We commend the BVI’s Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and all others working on the ground and behind the scenes to keep citizens safe in what are very hazardous circumstances said Dr. Jules.

 “Regrettably this event and other similar occurrences are another reminder of the vulnerability of our small island states to new and changing weather systems and the collective need to do more in collaboration with our development partners to fortify our disaster management responses.

“We are heartened by the courage shown by our brothers and sisters in the British Virgin Islands and pray that the flooding rapidly subsides so that life can return to normal” said Dr. Jules. 



This story aligns to OECS Strategic Objective 4: Assuring the Security and Well-Being of Citizens

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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