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60,000 in Grenada homeless

As much as sixty percent of Grenada's population is homeless and health issues abound in the wake of destruction caused by Hurricane Ivan last week, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | BALTIMORE | September 12, 2004

As much as sixty percent of Grenada's population is homeless and health issues abound in the wake of destruction caused by Hurricane Ivan last week, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

Grave damage to hospitals and other health facilities occurred during a storm that also damaged 90 percent of the buildings in the country. The main hospital in Grenada - Grenada General Hospital - lost its roof and sustained significant equipment damage.

Up to 8,000 people in Grenada were still in shelters on Sunday - a number that doesn't look to dwindle in the short-term.

Shortages of food, water and sanitation supplies were growing.

Grenada, where Ivan struck Friday, has a population of around about 100,000 people. Some 60,000 people were left homeless.

Ivan has killed 56 people across the Caribbean, including 34 in Grenada and 14 in Jamaica.

Jamaica, which was lashed by Ivan overnight Friday to Saturday, reported 23-foot waves and 150-mph winds even though Ivan did not make a direct hit. Looting was a growing problem in Jamaica's cities, according to government reports. The entire island was still without electricity and would be for at least the next two days.

Many faith-based disaster response groups were responding to hurricane-related needs, both in the Caribbean and United States.


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