On the 24th and 25th of December 3013, heavy rains in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) resulted in intense flooding across the island. The ensuing rapid and intense flash flooding resulted in widespread damage to road infrastructure, electricity and water infrastructure, housing as well as public and private buildings.
This report provides a rapid damage and loss assessment of the sectors affected - with a particular focus on infrastructure damage in order to inform the Government of SVG's recovery, reconstruction, and financial planning. It also includes short and medium term recommendations on how disaster risk reduction and management can further be incorporated into land use and physical planning decision making.
Subsequent to Government endorsement, the team presented the rapid damage and loss assessment to a large group of donors and development partners, including the EU, DfiD, the CDB, UNDP among others, in Barbados. For wider outreach, the RDaLA report has been disseminated online.
The findings and lessons learnt were also discussed and shared among national and regional technical experts during the Caribbean Open Disaster Risk Information Webinar: Damage and Loss Assessments (St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines), organized by the World Bank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsh5_gduilw