By MyVueNews Staff Writer
Basseterre, St. Kitts, 27th September, 2017 (MyVueNews.com) – As Hurricane Maria got close to the Leeward Islands, it became clear that St. Kitts and Nevis’ 34th Annual Independence Day Parade and other activities would have to be postponed.
Over the weekend, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris announced that the Independence Day Parade that would have commemorated the country’s national birthday, 19th September, will now be held on Saturday, 6th October, 2017.
In a televised broadcast, Prime Minister Harris stated, “Given the significance of Independence, the Cabinet, after consultation with His Excellency the Governor General, Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton, has decided to hold the commemorative Independence Parade, the Toast to the Nation and the Independence Cocktail Reception on Saturday, the 7th of October, 2017.”
On 19th September, 2017, the centre of Hurricane Maria passed about 60 miles to the south of St. Kitts and Nevis, close enough to impact the federation with sustained tropical force winds and frequent gusts of hurricane force winds.
Just hours before, Maria passed over the Commonwealth of Dominica and inflicted catastrophic damage and loss of lives.
Since then, the people of Dominica have been working to achieve a level of order that will enable the country to begin the process of rebuilding property and lives.
Several OECS member countries have pledged various levels of financial assistance toward Dominica’s recovery efforts.