UPDATED 8:37 AM PT – Thursday, April 15, 2021
Ongoing volcanic eruptions on St. Vincent are pushing tens-of-thousands of people out of their homes and into shelters around the island.
On Wednesday, the La Soufrière Volcano continued to explode sending ash and debris in ever direction, in turn, displacing nearly 20,000 people. Of those displaced, it’s estimated around 4,000 residents are staying in shelters on the island.
Emergency crews are working to distribute water to those in need. The volcanic activity began late last week with smoke and ash affecting many of the neighboring islands.
“We are expected that continuous explosions and ash fall will continue over the coming weeks in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” stated Didier Trebucq, the United Nations resident coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. “But also in neighboring islands such as Barbados, which has been also severely affected with the ash fall as well as St. Lucia and Grenada.
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Although the disruption of the area has been extensive, so far there have been no reports of injury or death. Officials have warned the eruptions could continue for weeks.