Explosive Eruption At La Soufrière, Gonsalves Tells People To Remain On Guard

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The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Sunday announced an explosive eruption at La Soufrière volcano at approximately 4.49 pm.

“This is a big one, because it still blowing,” someone exclaimed in a video on Instagram.

The recording was done from a boat at sea.

And it showed a massive plume of smoke billowing into the air.

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According to NEMO, as a result of the latest eruption, ash clouds were moving towards the South and West.

The organisation disclosed that the alert level remains at Red.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and other officials undertook a tour of several affected areas on Sunday.

Dr. Gonsalves at emergency shelter (Courtesy VC3)

Representatives of the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF were in the group.

One WFP official said the tour would help the agency assist the La Soufrière relief effort.

The official explained that two days ago, the WFP provided $15,000 in vouchers to people to help meet their basic needs.

But he disclosed that eventually the hope is to provide cash.

Local cable channel VC3 carried a live broadcast of the tour, highlighting the damage to crops, homes and infrastructure.

It said banana, coconut and arrowroot crops were under inches of ash.

In Sandy Bay, VC3 interviewed some individuals who said people were concerned about their property and livestock.

A group of men explained that they had returned to the community to bring food and water for others who had stayed in the danger zone.

They said those residents wanted to protect their belongings and guard against thieves.

However, Prime Minister Gonsalves warned a group of individuals he met on tour to remain on guard.

“In Montserrat, the people who died, is during the lull you know – when people go back and the thing explode again and catch you unawares,” he recalled.

“We mustn’t let down our guard,” Gonsalves asserted.


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