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Volcanic Eruption Leaves St. Vincent Without Clean Water

  • Heavy ash in Fitz Hughes, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, April 12, 2021.

    Heavy ash in Fitz Hughes, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, April 12, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @Jacquiecharles

Published 13 April 2021

La Soufriere's ash and lava flows are affecting everyday activities in this Caribbean nation.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Stephane Dujarric warned that the La Soufriere volcano eruption in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines left the population without clean water and electricity.


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The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the UN mobilized pre-positioned water and hygiene supplies, which were currently stored in Barbados. 

“The eruption has affected the country’s most livelihoods, such as banana farming. The ash and lava flows are also hampering the movement of people and goods,” Dujarric said.

According to local outlets, about 20,000 evacuees on the Caribbean island are currently in need of shelter.

As of Monday, intervals between tremors had lasted between 1.5 to 3 hours. The volcano started spewing smoke and actively rumbling in December 2020.

La Soufrière erupted last Friday, and it has forced about 16,000 residents to evacuate their homes and move to safer parts of the island.

Currently, 68 Venezuelan doctors, first responders, and natural disaster experts are assisting local authorities in evacuation and recovery efforts.

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