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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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Reliefweb 
... outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the storm's centre. The minimum central pressure estimated from Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft data and surface observations is 1005 mb (29.68 inches). Primary country. Saint Vincent and the ... See more..
Business News Americas (subscription) 
The Argentine province of Buenos Aires is inviting eligible parties to present their quotations for the provision of auditing and monitoring ... Subscriber-Only Content. BNamericas develops thousands of news articles, analyses and features every month ... See more..
Jamaica Observer 
Villa Beach , St Vincent and the Grenadines — Jamaica's Under-17 Reggae Girlz will hunt their second victory of the CONCACAF Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Qualifiers when they take on hosts St Vincent and the Grenadines in the final Group E ... See more..
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When Steel Talks 
However, it would be useful for the Prime Minister of Grenada to go on a fact-finding mission and attend the Panoramas of Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Antigua & Barbuda as a means of coming to terms as to why Grenada ... See more..
Kuwait News Agency 
BAGHDAD, Aug 19 (KUNA) -- The Iraqi Ministry of Transport announced Saturday that an Iraqi ship has gone under in the territorial water after a tragic accident with a ship raising the flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Republic. The Iraqi ship Al ... See more..
VolleyMob 
The matches between Antigua & Barbuda (FIVB Ranking 95), Dominica (78), St. Kitts & Nevis (95) and St. Vincent & the Grenadines (78) were held August 9th and 10th, 2 matches per day for each team. After a round robin, there would be a 3rd place match ... See more..
Daily Times 
... Maldives; Malta; Mauritius; Micronesia; Monaco; Montenegro; Qatar; Saint Kitts &Nevis; Saint Lucas; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; Samoa; San Marino; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Singapore; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Tuvalu; and Vanuatu. See more..
Spear's WMS 
Bequia (pronounced Beck-way) beckons from afar as one ferries from Kingstown's Port Louis – a sleepy landmass in the Atlantic archipelago, which is by the looks of it, almost undisturbed. The island is the largest of the 32 'Grenadines' of St Vincent ... See more..
Loop Jamaica 
Jamaica's young Reggae Girlz are scheduled to depart the country tonight at 9:50 p m for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to compete in the CONCACAF Caribbean Under-17 Women's Qualifiers. The squad has three objectives. T. The first is to top their group ... See more..
St. Lucia Times Online News (press release) 
A grant funding arrangement (GFA) with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in the amount of US$140,000 has helped affected communities in Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Commonwealth of Dominica, ... 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