Thursday, October 17, 2019

PM Tells The World Not To Take Resilience Of Small Island States For Granted

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has called on the international community not to take the resilience of small Island states for granted.

Chastanet, who is also Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), spoke against the backdrop of the passage of Hurricane Dorian which devastated the Bahamas.

He spoke of the need to convince the world that Small Island states are under tremendous stress.

“We cannot wait for the storms to happen to go and fix things up. The message to the world is not to take our resilience for granted,” the Saint Lucia PM said while in attendance at the UN Trade Forum 2019 in Geneva.

He recalled recent natural disasters in Dominica and Haiti.

“Just because Dominica is operational and just because Haiti is operational and more than likely in the next couple of weeks life will go on in the Bahamas, it doesn’t mean it will go on the way it was before and there has not been an impact,” Chastanet explained.

Asked what scares him the most after Hurricane Dorian, his response was that history is repeating itself.

“It seems like we’re not learning anything. We’re going through the same process that we do after every catastrophe,” Chastanet lamented.

“There’s this empathy; there’s this sympathy; there’s this emergency that’s never sustained and the fact is that we are not able to step back and accept that this is the new normal and requires a fundamental change in how we go about doing things,” he stated.

The PM said small countries are very vulnerable because of the size of their economies in absolute terms.

 

9 COMMENTS

    • In asia Evacuation centres have been built in many small coastal cillages which allow people to stay in an elevated centre with emergency food and water supplies until they can safely return home or be rescued
      Construction is not expensive and each eavac centre can support hundreds of people.
      These need to be considered here urgently

  1. Some of those countries use to much wood in their construction and they need to revert to wall or bricks. The winds will demolish those wooden houses in now time. I think wen need to have one uniform building code for all the islands but then again, are they economically inclined to stick to the codes?

  2. Yet you take advantage of the peoole of this country siphoning tax payers money through friends and family contracts just to get huge cut backs and fill your pockets. Greedy Joe

  3. Goverment should change some regulations and stop people from building on low lands.Some areas should be raised at least five feet,to be able to stand a bit of a chance next time.Course not much you can do if you have to face a category 5 storm.Pack your bags and run

  4. You want the world to take hid yet still you are openly wasting the limited resources we have on your foriegn friends.Allen the world is indeed watching

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