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St. Vincent is very vulnerable to natural disaster such as hurricanes, flooding, and severe weather instances.1 The United States Agency for International Development works within the country to help provide technical assistance to villages affected by natural disasters.2 In December 2013, flooding that killed nine people and displaced 500 people ravaged the islands.3

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1 http://www.usaid.gov/crisis/saint-vincent-and-the-the Grenadines
2 Ibid
3 Ibid
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines News

Jamaica Observer 
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines, who is chair of LIAT's shareholder governments, told a press conference earlier this week that between June and September, LIAT cancelled 408 flights, compared to 67 in 2016. See more..
Caribbean Life 
Three Brooklyn-based, Vincentian-born sisters recently collaborated with James Cordice, the architect behind St. Vincent and the Grenadines' participation in the illustrious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, and the umbrella Vincentian group in the United ... See more..
Caribbean Life 
Noting the destruction caused by recent Category 5 hurricanes in the Caribbean, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United Nations, I. Rhonda King, stresses that “the science is clear” on climate change. “Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria — these ... See more..
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The Globe and Mail 
Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Cayman Islands, Saba, St. Eustatius, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Montserrat, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize and Cuba, ... See more..
Virgin Islands Daily News 
The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has offered to accept senior students from the British Virgin Islands secondary schools to continue their education in that country. BVI Minister for Education and Culture Myron Walwyn said the offer was ... See more..
Hotel News Resource (press release) 
Mandarin Oriental's renowned hospitality has arrived in the Caribbean for the first time at Pink Sands Club, Canouan in St. Vincent and The Grenadines. The resort is now taking reservations which can be made online at www.mandarinoriental.com ... See more..
South Florida Caribbean News 
Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves will declare the program officially open on Wednesday morning followed immediately by a session devoted to hazard and risk assessment with an emphasis on hurricanes, ... See more..
Trinidad & Tobago Express 
Bishop Charles Jason Gordon, 58, of the Diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados will be installed the 13th Archbishop of Port of Spain. He will replace Archbishop ... See more..
Cruising World 
Bases in Antigua, Martinique, St Vincent, Grenada and Guadeloupe are operational. The company is also purchasing 20 new boats for the St. Martin and BVI fleets for delivery by the end of 2017. Models include Lagoon 52s, Bali 4.5 catamarans, Dufour 520 ... See more..
Toronto Star 
And although places such as Puerto Rico, Barbuda, Dutch St. Martin, Dominica and the Virgin Islands were severely wracked by storms, many such as Aruba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and others escaped relatively unscathed. See more..
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Geography

Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago
Area

Total 389 sq km (Saint Vincent 344 sq km)
Land 389 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)
Natural Resources

hydropower, cropland ;
Natural Hazards

hurricanes; Soufriere volcano on the island of Saint Vincent is a constant threat
Current Environmental Issues

pollution of coastal waters and shorelines from discharges by pleasure yachts and other effluents; in some areas, pollution is severe enough to make swimming prohibitive

Demographics

Nationality
Saint Vincentian or Vincentian
Population
103,220 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Success of the economy hinges upon seasonal variations in agriculture, tourism, and construction activity as well as remittance inflows. Much of the workforce is employed in banana production and tourism, but persistent high unemployment has prompted many to leave the islands. This lower-middle-income country is vulnerable to natural disasters - tropical storms wiped out substantial portions of crops in 1994, 1995, and 2002. In 2008, the islands had more than 200,000 tourist arrivals, mostly to the Grenadines, a drop of nearly 20% from 2007. Saint Vincent is home to a small offshore banking sector and has moved to adopt international ...See More regulatory standards. The government's ability to invest in social programs and respond to external shocks is constrained by its high public debt burden, which was 68% of GDP at the end of 2011. GDP grew on average 6% annually from 2002-07, but contracted between 2008-10 as a result of the global economic downturn; growth remains slow. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.312 billion (2012 est.); $1.306 billion (2011 est.); $1.301 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

bananas, coconuts, sweet potatoes, spices; small numbers of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats; fish
Industries

tourism; food processing, cement, furniture, clothing, starch