The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has indicated that his country is taking steps to address security challenges amid La Soufrière volcano explosions.
Dr. Ralph Gonsalves disclosed that currently there are 50 security personnel from Trinidad and Tobago on the ground.
In addition, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was Wednesday expecting 40 security persons from Barbados under the Regional Security System (RSS), 30 from the Barbados Defence Force and ten security personnel from Grenada.
However Gonsalves said on NBC Radio on Wednesday that his country does not, as yet, have a security problem.
But he explained that the history of disasters teach that security challenges will develop.
In this regard, the Vincentian prime minister reported that two individuals were intercepted after the authorities received intelligence that people had arrived at an area on the Leeward side of the Island which has been evacuated.
“The intelligence was that they were to break houses and take people’s valuables,” Gonsalves disclosed.
He indicated that the intention was to put the valuables on boats to take elsewhere for sale.
“We were looking for four persons,” Gonsalves told NBC Radio.
But he said they got two individuals.
“We didn’t find anything with those two persons,” the Vincentian leader stated.
He asserted that he does not want a security problem added to the dengue and volcano problems his country is currently facing.
“So I want to head that off and that is why I am getting early in the day, if need be, I will get reinforcements. I am determined that such persons do not have space to function,” Gonsalves declared.