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Monday, 19 April 2021

Official Relief Efforts for St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)


On 08:41 (SVG time) 9th April 2021 an explosive eruption began at the La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent. There have been 9 eruptions so far and Scientists have predicted that the eruptions may continue for weeks or even months. An evacuation effort is already underway for residents living in the island’s northern region where the volcano is located, referred to as the red zone. Approximately 20,000 people (20% of the population) have so far been evacuated. 

 
While the National Emergency Management Organisation is busily responding to the unfolding situation, it is recognised that it is also important to offer support during the disaster and post-disaster recovery. Falling ash, pyroclastic flows and severe flooding have destroyed homes, crops, livestock and contaminated water supply. According to the country’s prime minister the people in some shelters are in need of food, water and basic necessities. While the country have received support from its neighbours in the region there is still a great need for more assistance. 

 

Any donation will be greatly appreciated as this would ensure that persons directly affected will receive the critical support needed to get through this disaster and to prepare for life post-disaster recovery. To donate to the response to the La Soufriere eruption please go to the GoFundMe page https://gofund.me/90dbdc94 This has fundraising the approval of the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Government, Prime Minister and High Commission