Clothing drop-off points for Haiti relief announced

Photo caption: Spencer Hanley, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society speaking to the department of Information on October 12, 2016


NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 12, 2016) — President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society Spencer Hanley, is urging citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis to take any donations of clothing and shoes, as part of the Society’s relief efforts to hurricane stricken Haiti to various points for shipping


Hanley, made the appeal when he spoke to the told the Department of Information on October 12, 2016.


“We have now been reliably informed that the Chamber of Industry and Commerce will be organising a shipment of clothing only for Haitian relief. If you live on St. Kitts, the items can be taken to the Island Hopper on Friday at 4 p.m. That is the deadline if you live on St. Kitts.


“If you live in Nevis they must be brought to the Charlestown Pier by Thursday October 13, 2016 between the hours of two and three. A representative from the Red Cross would be there to assist you and give guidance in what we can do,” he said.


However, Hanley stressed that the items of clothing and or shoes must be separated and appropriately labelled to state “men’s cloths”, “women’s cloths”, “children’s cloths” and “shoes”. They can be brought in barrels, boxes or in suitcases.


Meantime, in an earlier plea on Nevis Television, Hanley noted that the International Federation of Red Cross Societies (IFRC) had launched an emergency response operation. The proceeds, he explained, would be used to provide vital services including food, shelter, water and sanitation assistance.


In that regard, the St. Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society launched an appeal to the citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis for cash contributions to aid the victims of the disaster.


Contributions to the fund should be deposited to account #1281318 at the CIBC First Caribbean Bank at The Circus in Basseterre or at Main Street, Charlestown in Nevis.


He said, other goods in kind are not being accepted at this time as these items would create a logistical nightmare in the absence of sorting facilities, storage and adequate transportation.


However, the proceeds of the fund will be forwarded to the IFRC in collaboration with other Red Cross Appeals taking place simultaneously in many countries across the globe. 



St. Kitts And Nevis Shaken By Earthquake


BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – A 6.5 -magnitude earthquake was recorded in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis  early Saturday morning, (March 19). Consequently, this was followed by a weaker tremor.

Such an event took place at about 7:26 (a.m.). the shaking from which caused persons to be alarmed (in shock) as they were awoken by the shaking while others slept through the ordeal.

Of the islands exposed, the largest populations in the affected area were that of Saint John’s, (Antigua) and Basseterre, the capital of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies.


Fortunately, for the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda, Saturday’s tremor was centered sufficiently far from the Leeward Islands to lead to any significant damage, and was too weak to trigger a tsunami.

Though the tremor was registered at a 6.0 off the coast of Barbuda according to the US Geological Survey, the UWI Seismic Research Centre indicates that the quake registered at  6.5 on the Ritcher Scale. Initial reports indicate that light shaking was felt as far south as Dominica and as far west as St. Martin. Minimal damage was seen on neighbouring islands.


According to the UWI Seismic Research Centre, the first earthquake was located 18.04N, 60.73W or 237 kilometers to the northeast of St. Kitts and Nevis and 161 kilometers to the northeast of Antigua and Barbuda. 

Moreover, the second earthquake measured at 3.9 on the Ritcher Scale and was registered at 7:34 a.m. at 17.81N and 60.83W or 219 kilometers to the east-northeast of St. Kitts and Nevis and 137 kilometers to the northeast of Antigua and Barbuda.

While neighbouring islands were fortunate to avoid significant damage, earthquakes in the Caribbean can be widely destructive. For instance, in January 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed at least 160,000 and displaced another 1.5 million in Haiti.