Rivers Overflow, Mudflows Occurring As Heavy Rain Hammers St Vincent

(By Ernesto Cooke) – Heavy rains pounded the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday morning bringing traffic to a standstill.

From 2 am heavy showers and thunderstorms inundated the island causing flooding and landslides, as a trough system made its way through the Southern Caribbean

In the North of the island, mudflows/ lahars were visible in villages already affected by heavy ash fall from the eruption of La Soufriere, which became explosive on April 9th.

On the road outside the old airport, water was knee-high, which left many commuters stuck in traffic for hours in public transport and private cars.

At Richmond Hill, a few minutes away from the capital, a landslide turned the typically two-way traffic into a one.

In the capital, Kingstown, gutters were overflowing, while water in the earlier morning hours was reported to be knee-high.

The local Meteorological office in its 6 am bulletin said that residents could expect heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms.

Caribbean Weather Online reports rainy conditions over and around parts of Monserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, StLucia, StVincent and The Grenadines, Grenada and Trinidad.

Ernesto Cooke

Ernesto Cooke has been a radio broadcaster for over twenty years; he was a news reporter at WEFM before joining News784. In addition, he has written for the New York Times and reported For the BBC during the La Soufriere eruptions of 2021.

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