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MAJOR LAND SLIPPAGE AND INFRASTRUCTURAL DAMAGE IN ST. KITTS

Emergency services were summoned to Fort Tyson Rise in Saint Kitts on Thursday after reports of a landslide which affected at least one home in the area.

According to NEMA officials, heavy rain led to instability in the soil which resulted in damage to a building owned by Alexis Hazel.

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NEMA’s Deputy National Disaster Coordinator, Claricia Langley Stevens said there was also a broken water pipe which created high levels of saturation. 

She said the authorities took swift action to evacuate persons from the area before parts of the affected building began to collapse.

“The main house that was in question started slipping away from the foundation causing further land slippage, road breaking and cracking, extremely severe, to the point where all residents in this area had to be evacuated as a precaution,” Stevens explained.

No one was injured in the landslide.

The public has since been barred from traversing the affected area while officials continue assessments.

Meanwhile, Premier of Nevis Mark Brantley offered words of support to those affected by the landslide and an island-wide blackout which also affected St Kitts on Thursday.

He posted on Facebook: “As our brothers and sisters in St Kitts struggle with landslides and power outages let us remember those affected in our prayers. Let us also pray for the hard-working emergency responders, the good people at NEMA and the dedicated staff at SKELEC. We pray for a restoration of normalcy soon.  #BetterTogether”

Early on Thursday, a fire broke out at the St Kitts power plant resulting in an island-wide blackout.

Power has been restored to most of the island.

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