Life after Ivan: Relief effort arrives in Grenada

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To make a donation ...

Supply donations can be made in the U.S. through:

" Grenada Embassy

1701 New Hampshire Ave., NW

Washington, D.C. 20009

Phone: (202) 265-2561

Fax: (202) 265-2468)

Items can also be dropped off or shipped to:

" Grenada Relief

AMCAR Freight Inc.

7850 NW 80th Street, Suite #2

Medley, FL 33166

" Grenada Relief

AMCAR Freight

Choice Container Line

445 Wilson Avenue

Newark, NJ  07105

For shipments to the Grenada Relief, e-mails or faxes with contact and inventory information must be sent to Bob Diamond at [email protected] or via fax to (305) 599-2808; for more information, call (305) 599-8866.

Monetary donations can be sent to the Bank of America, account number 005-472370974; the ABA code for all wires and transfers is 063100277 and the account name is the Grenada Cultural and Civic Association Disaster Relief Fund. -- K.K.

NEW YORK -- Grenada began picking up the pieces in the wake of Hurricane Ivan, which locals claim destroyed 90% of the islands homes and businesses, including the main national jail, earlier this week.

Although widespread looting had been reported and many prisoners escaped the ruined jail after the storm, aid agencies working on the island said Friday that law and order had been reestablished, thanks to a new dawn-to-dusk curfew.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) said an assessment of damage to Grenadas tourism sector was not yet possible, but noted the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Relief Agency (CDERA) had reported extensive damage to infrastructure.

Point Salines Airport remained closed Friday to all but relief supply and essential personnel flights; both the airport tower and the seaport have been damaged; and there was no electricity or potable water, according to the CTO.

Boats with relief supplies from the Red Cross, the U.S. Agency for International Development Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance and the governments of Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago were expected in Grenada Friday.

But water, food, blankets, tarpaulins, roofing materials, batteries, building suppliers and tools, emergency housing and handheld communication devices remained in demand, according to the CDERA.

To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].

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