ST LUCIA CASTRIES, (CMC):
St Lucia marked the second anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Tomas yesterday with Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony saying that October 30 must always remained etched in the minds of citizens.
"I urge St Lucians to take a moment to reflect on that sad day, paying our respects to the 14 lives which were lost during this unfortunate ordeal.
"The trauma of the people of Fond St Jacques and Columbette in Soufriere as well as other parts of St. Lucia must remain etched in our minds. We must not forget them and their families," Anthony said in a statement.
The hurricane caused widespread damage, destroying many agricultural crops, roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
Anthony urged St. Lucians to "continue to share that spirit of love, concern and generosity which swept over our nation in the aftermath of Tomas", adding that the hurricane served as a test of the faith, resilience and collective humanity of the nation.
He said that while legislators and the public might often argue as to the development on the island following the storm, "where we are now serves as a reminder of what we have survived as a nation.
"Many lives have not returned to normal, many homes will never be normal because of the loss of life, but as a people, we continue to reach within and look above for hope and strength to face each passing day."