EU Responds to Hurricane Beryl with €450,000 in Aid for the Lesser Antilles

Human Rights, World News

In the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl’s devastating impact on the Lesser Antilles, the EU has mobilized €450,000 in humanitarian aid to assist the most vulnerable populations in Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The funding will provide essential support, including cash assistance, water, sanitation and hygiene services, food, and other necessities. The EU’s Copernicus satellite service was activated on July 2, generating five maps to aid in the emergency response.

Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič stated, “Hurricane Beryl has caused unprecedented damage in the Caribbean this early in the year, affecting numerous islands. This initial funding will provide much-needed relief to those affected in Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. As the hurricane progresses, we will continue monitoring its trajectory and stand ready to assist other impacted populations.”

This new funding complements the €2 million already allocated this year for humanitarian aid and disaster preparedness in the Caribbean region. Hurricane Beryl struck on July 1, passing between Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada with sustained winds over 220 km/h. The storm made landfall on Grenada’s Carriacou Island as a category 4 storm before intensifying to category 5, making it the earliest recorded category 5 hurricane in the region.

The powerful winds and storm surges brought widespread destruction to homes and infrastructure. Over 1,000 people were evacuated in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, while another 2,500 people were evacuated in Grenada. The EU’s support will be crucial in helping these communities recover from this devastating disaster.