The Caribbean island of St. Vincent is running low on water and other necessary supplies as more eruptions from La Soufriere volcano cause more damage to the island and surrounding territories. New eruptions today sent giant amounts of volcanic ash into the sky.
Plumes of smoke rose from the La Soufriere volcano on St. Vincent, as it erupted again on the 42nd anniversary of its 1979 eruption.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 13, 2021
Some 20,000 people were evacuated from the Northern region, close to the volcano, ahead of the first eruption last Friday. About 3,000 residents are staying in government shelters, but officials there are worried that water, food and other supplies are running low.
“We have to get stuff rolling into people,” the Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said during a press conference on local radio. The good news is that no casualties have been reported as of yet, but the volcano shows no signs of subsiding since it burst with what was described as a “huge explosion” last week.
Satellite footage shows the La Soufrière volcano erupting on St. Vincent in the Caribbean. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the island. As of Monday, there have been no related deaths or injuries pic.twitter.com/qFGBxqsQWv
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Much of the island is covered in volcanic ash.
St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting https://t.co/TXruICbF4W
— KNOP-TV (@KNOPTV) April 13, 2021
The force of the eruption was so strong, ash has spread as far as Barbados. The government of nearby Saint Lucia has also issued an advisory to its citizens warning about compromised air quality due to the gases released by the eruptions.
— St. Lucia Government (@SaintLuciaGov) April 13, 2021
The volcano is causing extensive damage, Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Center. “It’s destroying everything in its path,” she told The Associated Press.
The falling ash and pyroclastic flows from the volcano have destroyed crops across the island and contaminated water reservoirs. The minister of the island’s water and sewer authority said some communities have not yet received water and they will run out very soon.