St. Vin­cent School­boy Killed as Trop­i­cal Storm Matthew Passes

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - - Caribbean 360

On Thurs­day, a 16-yearold boy died af­ter be­ing crushed by a boul­der as Trop­i­cal Storm Matthew passed over St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia re­ports, the se­condary school stu­dent, Ken­ron An­toine, was try­ing to re­move de­bris be­hind his home, to clear a path for water that was flood­ing the house in Layou, a small town in the south-western parish of St. An­drew. But a boul­der rolled down from the nearby cliff and he was pinned against the house.

Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Ralph Gon­salves, who is in Bar­ba­dos, called in to the state-owned Na­tional Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion on Thurs­day night and ex­pressed sym­pa­thy to the boy’s fam­ily. He also as­sured that his gov­ern­ment would as­sist those who needed help in the af­ter­math of the storm.

“I am very sorry about the death of the young man in Layou, and also those who have suf­fered any phys­i­cal dam­age, and for those who have suf­fered loss . . . The au­thor­i­ties are work­ing in a fo­cused man­ner and we will mo­bilise the nec­es­sary re­sources, as we have al­ways done, not just for this re­lief pe­riod but for the pe­riod of re­cov­ery and re­con­struc­tion,” he said.

“I want you to know that my prayers are with you. I’ve been pray­ing for you, the peo­ple of St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines and I want you to know that I love you and I’m there with you and fo­cused with you at this mo­ment,” the Vin­cen­tian leader told res­i­dents.

Dr. Gon­salves was stuck in Bar­ba­dos since Tues­day as he tried to re­turn home from meet­ings in the United States and Puerto Rico, ac­cord­ing to iWit­ness News.

Trop­i­cal Storm Matthew bat­tered St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines with heavy rains and winds.

There were re­ports of land­slides and rivers over­flow­ing their banks, caus­ing flood­ing and prompt­ing some res­i­dents to leave their homes and seek shel­ter elsewhere. There were al­most 300 peo­ple in emer­gency shel­ters. There were also power out­ages in some ar­eas.

Trop­i­cal Storm Matthew’s heavy rains caused land­slides, flood­ing, and over­flowed rivers in St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines. The photo at left shows the sit­u­a­tion at one bridge. (Photo credit: òjô Bäê via iWit­ness News) At right, oc­cu­pants of this house es­caped un­hurt when a wall col­lapsed. (Photo credit: iWit­ness News)

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