Following an evacuation order of the immediate area around the volcano by Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, CARICOM Member States have offered support to house evacuees from the affected area.
I have issued an evacuation order to all residents living in the RED ZONES on the North East and the North West of the island. All residents are asked to act accordingly with immediate effect to ensure their safety and that of their families. pic.twitter.com/AJQlCDtOPg— Ralph Gonsalves (@ComradeRalph) April 8, 2021
The scientific team from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre (SRC) has been in the country constantly monitoring the volcano and rendering scientific advice to the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has been working alongside the St Vincent National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), the SRC and the Regional Security System (RSS).
In a statement, CARICOM Chair Dr. Keith Rowley said CDEMA has activated its regional support operation including the deployment of a specialist to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Agency is providing technical assistance to NEMO with Evacuation and Logistics Planning.
Statement on Volcano Activity in St Vincent and the Grenadines by Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago @caricomorg https://t.co/Crtg4cdpGY #CARICOM #LaSoufriere— Caribbean Community (CARICOM) (@CARICOMorg) April 9, 2021
He said "The Community stands with the Government and People of St Vincent and the Grenadines in this perilous situation."
Jamaica's prime minister Andrew Holness has pledged the support of the Jamaican people in providing assistance to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in light of the threat posed by the activity of the La Soufriere volcano, which erupted lasty night.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness spoke with Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves yesterday where he expressed solidarity with the government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines during this challenging time and to assure him of Jamaica’s readiness to provide assistance.
Prime Minister Gonsalves outlined the disaster response arrangements in place through the efforts of the Vincentian government with the support of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Regional Security System as well as further arrangements to be implemented with the support of regional and international partners as well as the private sector.
Both Prime Ministers expressed confidence in the arrangements thus far, even as they identified potential challenges and discussed areas within which Jamaica could assist.
Prime Minister Holness committed to placing Jamaica’s Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART) at the ready, should they need to be deployed. The two leaders further agreed to remain in touch on evolving needs.
Within the framework of CDEMA, Jamaica is the focal point for disasters in the Northern Caribbean, however the DART has provided emergency support in the Eastern Caribbean.
According to a tweey by the UWI Seismic Research Centre, At 8:41 am this morning 9-4-21 an explosive eruption began at La Soufrière volcano in St. Vincent. This is a culmination of the seismic activity that began on April 8. The eruption is ongoing and more information will be shared as things progress.
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