Caribbean Development Bank staff deployed to Grenada and SVG
July 5, 2024

Caribbean Development Bank staff deployed to Grenada and SVG

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has deployed staff to Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines to assist in delivering immediate response support following the passage of Hurricane Beryl, which impacted both countries on July 1, 2024.

The CDB-supported Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) has been activated, mobilising resources such as personnel, equipment, and financial assistance for territories most severely affected by the storm, a release from the Bank states.

“We are committed to providing immediate and effective support to the communities affected by Hurricane Beryl,”
Isaac Solomon, CDB’s Acting President explained.

“Our staff is part of the Rapid Needs Assessment Teams (RNAT) on the ground in Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, responding swiftly to assess and address the critical needs of those impacted. At the same time, we are also collaborating with partner organisations to mobilise resources and coordinate efforts to ensure that as many people as possible receive the help they require during this difficult time.”

CDB said its staff will support the social aspects of the post-event evaluations including stakeholder engagement with government representatives, non-governmental and community-based organisations, and impacted households. Due attention will be given to the needs of vulnerable groups to ensure that children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and the economically disadvantaged are appropriately supported during the crisis, the Bank further states.

A CDB technical expert is also being deployed to assist with the recovery efforts in the water sector in Grenada.

RNAT will also carry out initial damage and other assessments to assist governments in determining immediate needs and also to guide the immediate in-country response. At the same time, the CDB said it is coordinating financial and other support to address urgent assistance requests, which will emerge within the next few days following evaluations.

The CDB team also is in communication with the Government of Jamaica which was affected by Hurricane Beryl on July 3, 2024. The
Bank is also monitoring developments in Cayman Islands and Belize, other member countries that the hurricane is projected to impact.