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Apr 14, 2021

Update from St. Vincent on Volcano

Overnight, there was yet another explosion of the La Soufriere volcano in Saint Vincent.  Thousands of persons have been displaced from their homes in proximity to the volcano; while many have been evacuated to shelters in the green zone, the ash fall has been polluting the air and there are concerns for respiratory issues.  As we found out today, the country is now also facing a water shortage. To top it off, that Caribbean island is also at risk of a spike in COVID-19 cases. 


Anthony Dennie

Anthony Dennie, Product Development Officer, VC3

“The volcanic activity has now moved from us having a lot of ash fall to what is now called pyroclastic flows and this is now more dangerous to vegetation, farm land, plant life and infrastructure – anything that is in the path of the volcano at this point in time can be significantly affected by these pyroclastic flows and that is what we are being faced with at this point in time in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. We’re having thousands of persons being displaced – whether or not they are heading into shelters or into private homes or guesthouses – there is that mass exodus and therefore creating the potential for further infection to COVID-19. We are seeing here in this country of ours, there are sometimes a slowing in numbers of persons coming forward to be vaccinated. We have so far received sixty-nine thousand doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and I can say to you that we are just over twelve thousand persons so far receiving their first dose. When you twin that with the La Soufriere volcano exploding and that mass exodus of persons into this smaller zone, the potential is definitely there for further infection.”

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