According to Grenada’s PM Damage to the island following the onslaught of Hurricane Ivan is “beyond any imagination,” Prime Minister Keith Mitchell lost his own home in the140 mph winds. According to the Associated Press, there are nine confirmed deaths but there are fears that this could rise as the clear up operation begins.
Caribbean Star have offered to assist the Spice Island. Acting Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Edward Gilkes said, “Caribbean Star Airlines extends condolences to those who have lost family or friends to Hurricane Ivan. We are aware that there has been severe damage to Grenada. The airline is at present assessing the situation to determine how it can be of help to these islands”.
Mr. Gilkes went on to add that Caribbean Star is currently seeking permission from the Grenada Airport Authority to send a special relief flight from Antigua to Grenada at 2.00 p.m. today. The flight will accommodate staff of Caribbean Star and the Stanford Group of Companies with family in Grenada, members of the Antigua Defence Force, Red Cross personnel and supplies, and relief items donated by the Stanford Group of Companies.
Some newspapers have reported that there is looting taking place and that 90 percent of the islands homes have been affected.