NATIONAL DISASTER COORDINATOR APPEALS TO GENERAL PUBLIC TO STAY CLEAR OF GHAUTS

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Nema Cordinator Abdias Samuel

Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 29, 2020 (SKNIS): As Tropical Storm Isaias passes St. Kitts and Nevis, individuals are encouraged to stay clear of ghauts as there is the potential for flash flooding.

“I want persons to be mindful of the waterways, what we in local terms call ghauts. Be mindful not to be parking in ghauts, not to be carrying out any activity whatsoever in these ghauts as there is the potential for flash flooding,” said Abdias Samuel, National Disaster Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

During the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) Briefing on July 29, 2020, Mr. Samuel said that the general public will be updated on the storm and encouraged them to continue to listen to be informed. An update is scheduled for noon with another to follow at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

“Our local Met Office will continue to provide us with the necessary updates bearing in mind that weather is dynamic and I think that we should be happy that the situation is not as bad as we expected it, therefore, we should continue to pray,” he added.

Mr. Samuel thanked citizens and residents for their “response and cooperation” to date, noting that their actions are “commendable” and encouraged them to continue to be vigilant and exercise caution where necessary.

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