The essentials The island of Saint Vincent in the Caribbean archipelago has been a victim of the Soufrière volcano for two weeks. More than 13,000 people were evacuated.
Streets and roofs completely covered with a thick layer of gray, vehicles turning on headlights and raising clouds of dust, residents wandering around in monochrome landscapes trying to protect themselves as best they can. This spectacle of devastation is that of the island of Saint Vincent in the Caribbean. It has been hit by the eruption of its La Soufrière volcano since April 9th.
Difficult times are ahead for the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines! Just as we were climbing over the hump of a pandemic, we were plunged into the #LaSoufriere outbreak that continues near the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
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More than 13,000 people have been evacuated since the outbreak began. On Wednesday, the United Nations launched an international appeal “to provide immediate life-saving humanitarian aid to residents, including clean water,” in order to help those affected in a sustainable manner. Over $ 29 million has been raised.
Another explosion occurred on April 19th. The Soufrière volcano – not to be confused with the Grande Soufrière in Guadeloupe – had not seen an eruption in four decades. The largest and most devastating eruption occurred in 1902, killing more than 1,000.