At 8:41 a.m. on Friday April 9, 2021, the La Soufriere volcano located on mainland Saint Vincent erupted explosively, propelling ash and gas high into the air over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and neighbouring islands such as Barbados, Grenada and Saint Lucia.
As at April 19, 2021, the volcano continues to erupt explosively and has now begun to generate pyroclastic flows along with the accompanying ash fall of similar or larger magnitude to when it initially erupted.
The explosive eruption on April 9, 2021, the volcano’s first of this kind since April 13, 1979, caused thousands of people to be evacuated from areas considered to be of high hazard risk. As such, almost 20,000 people were displaced, including 6,000 living in Government erected shelters around the island.
This disaster has struck at a time when our Small Island Developing State had been trying to navigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and weather an outbreak of dengue fever. The situation is compounded by the danger of the upcoming hurricane season which commences in June.
The Government and People of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are bursting with gratitude and emotion at the show of support and solidarity of persons both within the greater Caribbean region and internationally, who have commiserated with them during these very challenging and heart-rending times. The material, technical and other forms of support and assistance being sought will aid in lessening the harrowing conditions facing the island.
Here are some ways you can contribute to our emergency relief:
United Nations Global Funding Appeal
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Donate Here: https://www.helpstvincent.com/
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
World Pediatric Project
Rotary Club of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Financial contributions can be made by wire transfer (kindly see instructions on the remittance of funds below)
FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT:
Ms. Annette Mark
President of the Rotary Club St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Executive Director of Invest SVG.
Tel: 1-784-457-2159/ Mobile: 1-784-493-5242. Email: email@example.com