Weekend of mourning declared for victims of St Lucia tragedy

first_imgLocalNews Weekend of mourning declared for victims of St Lucia tragedy by: – November 14, 2011 32 Views   one comment Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Scene of accident. Image via: St Lucia StarCASTRIES, St Lucia — On Thursday evening, a minibus carrying mourners from a funeral went over a cliff and plunged into the sea at Morne Sion in Choiseul, St Lucia. This resulted in 17 confirmed deaths, mainly from the community of Dugard in Micoud.According to reports, the dead include an infant, a pregnant woman and the bus driver, 47-year-old Michael Alexander, who apparently missed a turn in the road and plunged 50 feet down a cliff.Prime Minister Stephenson King visited the site of the tragedy on Thursday night and remained on site until 3:00 am Friday morning. The Cabinet met in emergency session later on Friday to discuss this major national tragedy and to determine the government’s response.The Cabinet has declared Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November 2011 to be a weekend of national mourning in order to pay respects to those who lost their lives in the unfortunate accident. All flags on government buildings and business places must be flown at half mast during the entire weekend (over the three day period).Sunday, November 13, 2011, has been declared a National Day of Remembrance. During that day there will be an Ecumenical Service held at the Desruisseux Roman Catholic Church from 5:00 pm.During this weekend all political and public social events will be suspended. The government called on all Saint Lucians to observe fully the weekend of mourning as a mark of respect for the victims of this painful tragedy.“The Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the entire government extend heartfelt condolences to the families, relatives and friends of all those who lost their lives as a result of this most tragic occurrence. This is indeed a dark day in our history,” a government statement said.The government has begun putting measures in place to support and to comfort the bereaved. The Ministry of Education has taken steps to make counseling services available to the students of the affected schools. Through the Division of Human Services, arrangements are also being made to make such services available to the affected households, families and communities.Caribbean News Nowlast_img

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