Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 20:43:31 +0200 (METDST) MIAMI, Sept 13 (AFP) - Hurricane Ivan killed 37 people when it hit Grenada at the end of last week, the Panamerican Health Organisation (PHO) said Monday. More than 60 people have now been killed across the Caribbean by Ivan, which was headed for Cuba, Mexico and the United States. The PHO said 37 deaths had been confirmed adding that 380 injuries were reported in the first two days after Ivan struck last Friday. Forty-two people are still hospitalised. Grenada has issued an international appeal for medicine and other supplies after thousands of homes were destroyed by the storm. Between 5,000 and 8,000 of the tiny spice island's 100,000 residents were living in 47 shelters, where drinking water is getting increasingly scarse, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency. It said 90 percent of all buildings in Grenada were damaged or destroyed. Among the damaged buildings was a hospital in Grenville, the roof of which collapsed, forcing the evacuation of patients.
September 9, 2004 This Travel Warning is being issued to urge U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Grenada due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan. The airport remains closed to all but emergency flights. The Government of Grenada is working to reopen the airport to commercial and charter traffic for persons who wish to leave the island. Hurricane Ivan caused massive damage to structures on most of Grenada. There are widespread power outages and landlines are largely inoperable. Cell phone service appears to be more reliable at this time. The availability of routine provisions is minimal and is expected to remain as such until flights resume. There are reports of looting and other forms of lawlessness in conjunction with the hurricane. Local law enforcement agencies have been augmented by guard forces from neighboring islands, but remain limited in their ability to provide adequate protections. Americans living or traveling in Grenada are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov. Updated information on travel in Grenada may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. For further information please consult the Consular Information Sheet for Grenada available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov or contact the U.S. Embassy in Grenada at (473) 444-1173. As a result of damage from the hurricane, this number may be inoperable at times. Please also see the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 23:54:45 +0200 (METDST) PORT OF SPAIN, Sept 8 (AFP) - Up to 10 people were killed on islands of Grenada and Tobago as powerful Hurricane Ivan pummeled the Caribbean, officials said Wednesday. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) confirmed three deaths on the tiny island of Grenada, which remained without power or telephone service. Television in the nearby island of Trinidad said at least nine people were killed in Grenada, while one woman was reportedly killed when a tree fell on her on Trinidad's sister island Tobago. Grenada suffered "incalculable damage" as the storm flattened the house of Prime Minister Keith Mitchell and the island's emergency management center, said Terry Ally, spokesman for Barbados-based CDERA. Contacting the island has been difficult, Ally said. "The main hospital was damaged as well as some shelters," he said. "The population in public shelters is 1,000 and climbing." Grenada's premier told a Trinidadian radio station that 85 percent of the island had been devastated and will need massive financial aid to recover. "It is a national disaster and things are really bad," Mitchell told the radio station, adding that the "entire nutmeg industry has been wiped out." The "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 220 kilometers (140 miles) per hour, was moving at 26 kilometers (16 miles) per hour toward the west-northwest, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said at 1800 GMT. It is 165 kilometers (105 miles) northeast of the Caribbean island of Bonaire, the center said. Ivan was 1,190 kilometers (740 miles) from Jamaica.
Date: Fri 15 Nov 2002 From: A-Lan Banks Source: Travel Medicine Program (Canada), Thu 14 Nov 2002 [edited] -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Health Canada continues to monitor dengue fever activity in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Grenada: as of week 31 of 2002, 236 cases of dengue fever were reported with an incidence rate of 251.06 per 100 000 population. Recommendations: Health Canada strongly recommends that travellers seek an individual risk assessment consultation with their personal physician or a travel medicine clinic to determine their personal risks. Health Canada further recommends that travellers to countries where dengue fever activity is high take personal insect precautions to avoid being bitten during the day.