Hurricane Allen with winds of up to 180 miles an hour (290 Kilometres) has wrecked havoc throughout the Caribbean and claimed nearly 40 lives.
GV Devastated town on Island of St. Lucia, Caribbean (2 shots)
GV Boat lying in harbour
GV Debris lying on sea front PAN TO Demolished houses (2 shots)
GV Devastated streets with residents walking around (4 shots)
AERIAL VIEW Of devastated town (2 shots)
Banana plantation with broken plants
CV Workers clearing destroyed crops in plantation
CU AND SV English officer from HMS Glasgow speaking in English (2 shots)
CAPTAIN: "It's going to be oh, 6 to 9 months before they get their bananas back. It's going to be a year and a half before they get their coconuts. The people are going to be hungry and they're going to be hungry soon. I think within a weeks time there's going to be a lot of hunger around here."
REPORTER: "How have the people here responded to this disaster?"
CAPTAIN: "It's been quite amazing really. Obviously when we arrived they were exhausted an numbed and shocked, but their resilience, their cheerfulness and above all, I think, their self-help, this Island will win through again."
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Background: Hurricane Allen with winds of up to 180 miles an hour (290 Kilometres) has wrecked havoc throughout the Caribbean and claimed nearly 40 lives. It has passed across the Yucatan Peninsular in Mexico and is moving north west towards the coast of Texas.
SYNOPSIS: The island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Allen. Relief officials have found 16 bodies and the death toll is expected to rise.
The hurricane--the worst on record--struck on Monday (4 August) with torrential rains and winds of over 100 miles (160 Km) per hour. It smashed communications and left hundreds homeless.
In this village along 300 have been made homeless, yet miraculously there were only 16 deaths on the island. The death toll from the hurricane mounted as it passed through Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba and now the Yucatan Peninsular, Mexico.
The spirit of the St. Lucians is high and already efforts are being made to begin clearing the debris and reconstructing their homes and towns. But the economy will take much longer to rebuild.
The banana crop, the country's largest export earner, has been virtually wiped out. Although help is arriving, as the Captain of the British ship HMS Glasgow explains, more help is needed.