Torrents of rain poured down last week over the steep green mountainsides of St. Lucia, largest of the British-owned Windward Islands in the Caribbean. Old La Soufrière, 4,000 feet high, once an active volcano, now rich in sulfur and hot springs and not to be confused with nearby St. Vincent's La Soufrière, was shrouded in heavy mist. At a time when the island's June-to-October rainy season was past, St. Lucia was drenched, soaked, deluged.

The shallow rivers of Britain's twelve-by-42-mile Caribbean paradise swelled over their banks, and many of St. Lucia's native...

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