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As the storm headed for Jamaica, officials were assessing what Grenada’s prime minister called “total” devastation on two of the country’s islands.

As Hurricane Beryl headed toward Jamaica and the Cayman Islands late Tuesday as a powerful Category 4 storm, a clearer picture emerged of the devastation it had caused on two small islands in Grenada, with that country’s leader calling the destruction “unimaginable” and “total.”

“We have to rebuild from the ground up,” Grenada’s prime minister, Dickon Mitchell, said at a briefing after visiting the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, which were ravaged by Beryl on Monday.

Officials said about 98 percent of the buildings on the islands, where about 6,000 people live, had been damaged or destroyed, including Carriacou’s main health facility, the Princess Royal Hospital, and its airport and marinas. As of Tuesday night, there was no electricity on either island, and communications were down. Crops had been ravaged, and fallen trees and utility poles littered the streets.

The natural environment also took a beating. “There is literally no vegetation left anywhere on the island of Carriacou, the mangroves are totally destroyed,” Mr. Mitchell said.

But the death toll appeared to be low. Officials have reported three deaths from the storm in Grenada, two of them in Carriacou. Another was reported in the Caribbean country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and a Venezuelan official said on Tuesday that two deaths had been reported in that country’s north.

Flooded houses in Sucre State in northern Venezuela on Tuesday, after Hurricane Beryl passed by. Officials said two deaths had been reported in the state.Victor Gonzalez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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