building and windswept landscape
Courtesy of Caritas Grenada

Catholic Relief Services and local partners are responding across Latin American and Caribbean countries to the devastation being waged by Hurricane Beryl at the start of the region's hurricane season.

What started as a Category 5 storm reportedly “flattened” Grenada’s Carriacou island after making landfall on July 1, bringing storm surges and strong winds. Communities across Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Antilles, Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico and other countries in the storm’s path will need emergency relief, protection and recovery.

In Grenada, a reported 98% of buildings—home to some 6,000 people—are damaged or destroyed. Most families there collect rain from rooftops, which is a low-cost way to store drinking water. With such extreme damage to homes, drinking water is now running out.

People in Grenada have described the island as almost entirely homeless—and residents are in urgent need of shelter support, clean water, hygiene supplies, food and other assistance. Especially for families who have lost their homes and assets, immediate safety from the elements is a high priority.

CRS is working with our local partners on emergency response efforts in the most vulnerable communities. Assistance will prioritize shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as access to food and essentials supplies.

Our Church partners are often the first responders—the first places people go for help. CRS will support their efforts in assisting and caring for their communities as we help meet the range of needs in this moving crisis.

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