Grenada: PM Dickon Mitchell remembers 34 souls lost in Hurricane Ivan on 18th anniversary 

Prime Minister of Grenada- Dickon Mitchell took to social media and remembered the nerve-racking impacts of Hurricane Ivan. He stated that everyone should give a moment to 34 should lose on September 7, 2022. 

Grenada: PM Dickon Mitchell remembers 34 souls lost in Hurricane Ivan on 18th anniversary 
Grenada: PM Dickon Mitchell remembers 34 souls lost in Hurricane Ivan on 18th anniversary 

Grenada: Prime Minister of Grenada- Dickon Mitchell took to social media and remembered the nerve-racking impacts of Hurricane Ivan. He stated that everyone should give a moment to 34 should lose on September 7, 2022. 

He said, “On this, the 18th Anniversary of Hurricane Ivan, let us take a moment to remember the 34 souls lost on September 7, 2004.” 

Grenada PM mentioned that Many among them still remember this day vividly. It had been almost 50 years since Grenada experienced a hurricane of similar magnitude, and it was hoped that the storm would turn north, as was often the case. The howling 120 mph (193 kph) winds of Hurricane Ivan descended on a largely unprepared Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Over the course of 8 gruelling hours, the people held onto hope as the hurricane-force winds wrought havoc on the society and economy.

In the wake of the catastrophic disaster, many Grenadians were left homeless, and more than 80 percent of all buildings were damaged, including most schools. The destruction was estimated at US$900 million – twice our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the time.

The longstanding effects of the hurricane were also crippling. As a small island economy dependent on tourism and agriculture, the category 3 storm rendered nearly 70 percent of tourism infrastructure uninhabitable and considerably damaged our agricultural sector, especially the production of cocoa and nutmeg.

Hurricane Ivan was, and continues to serve as, an example for the Caribbean region on the significance of disaster preparedness and the critical need to bolster climate resilience and adaptation as small island states. As the country remembers the impacts on the anniversary of Hurricane Ivan, let the country also reflect on the lessons learnt. 

Prime Minister Mitchell also outlines some necessary things which should be adopted to safeguard our families and homes:

● Identify the shelter nearest to you.

● Stock essential supplies for yourself and your family.

● Cut overhanging trees.

● Keep insurance payments up to date.

He asserted that the government always keep their work according to the people and called the development partners to mitigate the effects of climate change and mobilise resources toward climate resilience and adaptation building.