Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Evacuation Order Given As La Soufriere Alert Level Raised To Red

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines upped the La Soufriere volcano alert level  to red on Thursday.

As a result, authorities have ordered an evacuation of people, amid warnings that the volcano explode at any time.

“May Almighty God continue to bless all of us in this difficult, this trying period,” Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told an emergency news conference.

He acknowledged that everything may not go perfectly.

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However Gonsalves asserted that if people cooperate with one another and do everything with a good spirit, heart and neighbourly love, ‘we will come though this stronger than ever.’

Gonsalves disclosed that the movement of people from the danger zones will include sea transportation.

But he explained that cruise ships require that evacuees get a COVID-19 jab.

Gonsalves said countries which have agreed to accept evacuees would also want them to be vaccinated.

He disclosed that in the case of Saint Lucia, the authorities have indicated that the jab can be administered on arrival.

National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) Director, Michelle Forbes, also spoke at the news conference.

Forbes announced that communities in the red zone from Georgetown Northward to Fancy should prepare and commence evacuation.

Forbes also said that all emergency shelters would be activated.

“We have also been coordinating with the vessels to do a sea evacuation,” she stated.

She encouraged people who are evacuating to take necessary supplies and cooperate with each other.

Headline photo caption: Dr. Ralph Gonsalves addresses emergency news conference


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