The United States Embassy in Barbados has issued a health alert regarding the island’s South Coast between Hastings and St Lawrence Gap.
“There is an overflow of raw sewage due to mechanical failure on the island’s South Coast that is affecting the water quality at certain beaches between the Hastings and St Lawrence gap areas. Sewage has periodically bubbled up onto the streets, and there are reports that the overflow is reaching the beach areas,” it said in a notice on its website.
American citizens were advised to avoid water activities in the affected areas and to beware of sewage on the streets.
“If you come into contact with sewage, wash your hands, shoes, and any clothing that may have come into contact with the effluence. If you become seriously ill, seek medical attention,” the notice said.