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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, has told CNN that his country’s La Soufrière volcano disaster may only be the beginning.
Gonsalves spoke in the context of the approaching Atlantic hurricane season and the danger posed by summer rains.
The hurricane season begins on June 1.
But the Vincentian leader observed that there’s a lot of material from the exploding volcano.
“Stone and ash and they rest on mud,” he disclosed.
“The rains will lubricate and they will add to the weight and they will come down at a very fast pace.”
Gonsalves told CNN that more than 10% of the island chain’s 110,000 residents are at least temporarily homeless.
And he explained that the local government does not have the resources to address all the need.
“”It’s like a desert, it’s desolate, it’s apocalyptic,” Gonsalves declared.
As a result, he said he has written to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for assistance.
“It’s not going to be an easy struggle but we are not a people of lamentations,” Gonsalves stated.