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ISLAND PROFILES
St. Lucia


Location: 130 53' N, 600 68' W
Area: 610 km2
Population: 163, 267
Capital: Castries

Geography
The island of Saint Lucia, located in the southern region of the Lesser Antilles, is one of the larger islands of the arc, with an area of approximately 610km2. It has a youthful topography, being rugged and mountainous with narrow valleys. Only in the southeast corner is there a small coastal plain. The most pronounced topographic feature is the N-S trending axial range with the highest mountain, Mount Gimie (950m; 3117 ft), located in the southwestern part of the range. On both the eastern and western sides of the axial range, heavily forested ridges descend to the coast, some interrupted by spectacular isolated pitons (volcanic necks/plugs). The northern part of the island has smaller, more rounded hills and gentler valleys, and is the oldest part of the island. The southern part of the island is characterised by fan-shaped slopes that dip gently seaward and are cut by narrow and deep river valleys.

People
Saint Lucia has a population of about 163,267, with a large number (64,344) living in the capital city, Castries (2001 census). Languages spoken are English (official) and French patois. Ethnic divisions are African descent 90.3%, mixed 5.5%, East Indian 3.2% and white 0.8%.

Disaster Management
National Emergency Management Organization
Bisee, Saint Lucia
Dawn French (Director)
 
Tele: 452-3802
email: director@nemo.gov.lc
training matters email: training@nemo.gov.lc
any other information: docctr@nemo.gov.lc