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A man looks at a power lines blown down in Rillan Hill during the passage of Hurricane Beryl on Monday, July 1, 2024.
A man looks at a power lines blown down in Rillan Hill during the passage of Hurricane Beryl on Monday, July 1, 2024.
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VINLEC was working Monday night to return electricity to some areas after an islandwide blackout during the passage of Hurricane Beryl earlier in the day.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said in a national address that the company was focusing on the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital as well as areas that did not suffer line damage.

“But as you know, and as you have seen in some videos, a lot of lines are down, trees have fallen on lines and you have to put back the lines,” the prime minister said. 

He said VINLEC has a good crew and good leadership and resources at hand.

Gonsalves said he was confident that VINLEC would restore the electricity supply to normal as quickly as possible. 

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As regards the water supply, he said the CWSA had indicated that water would be restored by Tuesday to the few areas that had been disrupted.

“Of course, another weather system is coming behind this one and the work I am talking about is contingent on whether that develops or not into a full and dangerous system,” Gonsalves said.

He, however, added that the indication was that the weather system, which is forecast to begin affecting SVG on Wednesday, “was not of a kind, of a nature like Hurricane Beryl”.

One person was reportedly killed as Beryl moved across SVG, damaging hundreds of houses, including 90% of those in Union Island, Gonsalves said.