September 17, 2004
World Bank to help SVG after Ivan

The World Bank has pledged its support to the Government and People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the rebuilding process after the passage of Hurricane Ivan. On Saturday September 11th, officials from the World Bank accompanied by Prime Minister the Hon, Ralph Gonsalves and other Government officials visited the areas on the East Coast of St Vincent from the ET Joshua Airport to Georgetown, to assess the damage sustained after the dangerous hurricane. {{more}}
Dr. Gonsalves stated that a rough estimate of the damage sustained is some $110 million. He noted however, that although the country has suffered significant damage, it cannot be compared to Grenada; a situation which he noted is the number one priority for him as well as the international agencies.
Fussier Getscare, Disaster Specialist for the World Bank said he is happy that there was no loss of life and stated that there is a need to start mitigating the risk in the event of stronger storms. He noted that they are about to contract a coastal zone management study which will give more information of how to address the situation here. The Disaster Specialist also encouraged persons to maintain the trees along the coast as they play an important role in protecting the island.