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The Caribbean Diaspora and other countries in the region have begun relief efforts to assist the islands of Dominica, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines to recover from widespread devastation caused by severe rains, flooding and high winds from a low level trough system that impacted the area on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The high winds and torrential rains resulted in land slippage and overflowing rivers, causing a number of deaths, destruction and severe damage in the three islands.

According to a report on Saturday by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), damage and needs assessment teams have been deployed. Preliminary impact assessment and immediate needs have been identified and more detailed damage assessment reports will be forthcoming.

CDEMA continues to be in contact with the affected islands and is providing technical advice in support of the needs assessment process.
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