Philip J Pierre, the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, will be returning due to Tropical Storm Tammy, exiting the Canada CARICOM summit earlier than expected. The decision was made after Tropical Storm Tammy’s approach towards Saint Lucia was confirmed.
He has been scheduled to travel back on Thursday, 19th October, 2023. While Saint Lucia is not directly in the path of the storm, the forecast has made it clear that the system will affect the nation significantly.
There is no Tropical Storm watch in place as of now but the status is liable to change as things develop. Having said that, a Tropical Storm watch has been issued for Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Barbados, Dominica, Martinique and Nevis.
The next 48 hours are being considered the most crucial period as weather conditions are expected to worsen significantly during this period. Due to these developments, a meeting of the National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) has been called for Thursday, October 19th.
The current scenario, where Tropical Storm Tammy has undercut the Canada CARICOM Summit, has become a prime example of why climate change was a major point of discussion at the summit itself.
This has also highlighted the need for international cooperation on the matter, which will be essential to tackle the issue. Caribbean nations, quite rightly hold the perspective that climate change is an issue that has to be dealt with collectively, not as individual nations or isolated regions.
Citizens have been warned by the authorities to be prepared for the storm as they continue to monitor the system’s progress. They have been asked to prioritize preparedness and safety and are fully aware of the gravity of the situation they are about to face.
The Caribbean is also becoming the standard bearer for international diplomacy, aimed particularly at building climate and environmentally resistant infrastructure, while working to limit the affects of climate change.