Hurricane Beryl ventures beyond Caribbean

Hurricane Beryl ventures beyond Caribbean

Hurricane Beryl, the first Category 5 storm to ever form in the Atlantic, wreaked havoc in the Caribbean last week.

The storm brought devastation to the islands of the Grenadines and the south coast of Jamaica.

According to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the focus is now on assisting Grenada and its Grenadines of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, as well as Bequia, Union Island, Canouan and Mayreau in Saint Vincent.

Dickon Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, said: “This hurricane is a direct result of the climate crisis that Grenada, the Caribbean and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are on the front line of.

“We are no longer prepared to accept that it is okay for us to constantly suffer significant loss and damage arising from climatic events and be expected to borrow and rebuild year after year while the countries that are responsible for creating and exacerbating the situation sit idly by with platitudes and tokenism. It is not right, it is not fair, it is not just. We demand and deserve climate justice.”

Hurricane Beryl also left thousands of homes in Jamaica without power and destroyed over $6.4 million in food crops. 

Royal Navy ship HMS Trent arrived in the Caribbean over the weekend to provide UK support and relief efforts. More than 50 sailors set off from Puerto Rico with bottled water, basic emergency supplies and equipment.

The hurricane downgraded to a Category 2 storm as it landed in Mexico. Its strong winds and heavy rainfall spared top beach destinations as it crossed the Yucatán Peninsula.

Hurricane Beryl hit Texas on Monday (July 8) and was downgraded to a Tropical Depression. More than 2.2 million homes and businesses in Houston experienced power outages.

Image credit: Reuters

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