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Aid flows to Caribbean nations devastated by Hurricane Beryl

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St. George's, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) More governments and organizations inside and outside the Caribbean are contributing today to the recovery of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Jamaica and other nations with funding and products needed after the impact of Hurricane Beryl.

The United Kingdom announced the transfer of half a million pounds sterling (more than 640,000 dollars) to these countries, 800 emergency modules to be distributed to 4,000 victims and the deployment of disaster response specialists.

The United Nations (UN) contributed US$4 million for all the affected territories, while the Development Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean donated US$800,000 specifically to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica and St. Lucia.

The European Union pledged 450,000 euros (almost 488,000 dollars) to Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines -the two most devastated by Beryl-, will deliver a part in cash and the other with the supply of drinking water, hygiene materials, food and other basic goods, and a UN official informed of 2.5 million dollars allocated to Jamaica.

From the area, the members of the Caribbean Community, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, the private sector and charitable foundations continue with the collection and transfer of humanitarian aid shipments, apart from coordinating other actions to support the contingency.

Other initiatives launched at the national, regional and international levels are also being activated in order to provide assistance after the passage of Hurricane Beryl, which crossed the area with a category four, left at least six dead, in addition to a brutal devastation in the infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and other economic sectors.

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