September 17th on Montserrat is the anniversary of several major major disasters, as we’ll hear in today’s special edition of the Disaster Management Coordination Agency's (DMCA) radio programme "PREPARE AND PREVENT”.
You’ll also hear as well why September is definitely not Montserrat’s favourite month… But the determination, the resilience and the indomitable spirit of the Montserratian people could not be broken despite all their suffering.
In 1965, on September 17th, Pan-American Airways Boeing 707 Jet crashed in Chance’s Mountain area in the low-flying fog, in the exclusion zone, killing all on aboard – 21 passengers and nine crew members.
In 1989, on September 17th, Category 4 Hurricane Hugo devastated the entire island; killing ten people, 89 persons were injured and over 90 percent of the structures on the island were damaged.
In 1996, on September 17th, the Soufriere Hills volcano burst forth... this one of several terrifying explosions from the volcano. It was also on September 3rd, 1981 “Montserrat experienced its “worst flood in living memory”, according to an article published in the Montserrat Reporter on September 18th, 2015.
In this edition of “PREPARE AND PREVENT”, we’ll bring to you an interview with Newspaper Editor and Broadcaster Bennet Roach
Click below to hear the full interview with Mr Roach...