Gonsalves Responds To ‘Mistaken Reports’ About Evacuation Order

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves  says there’s no truth to reports that officials issued an evacuation order in his country.

The reports came against the backdrop of an Orange alert for La Soufriere volcano.

But the Saint and the Grenadines PM has said that the reports are untrue.

He spoke during an interview Saturday night on Antigua television.

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“Emphatically no – emphasise no, ‘N-O’, no order has been given for any evacuation in any part of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,” he asserted.

Gonsalves said he had seen ‘mistaken reports’ to that effect in some London newspapers.

“It is not true,” he told the Antigua Broadcasting Service.

Experts have installed a web cam monitoring system to keep track of developments at the summit of La Soufrière.

That’s according to the latest update from the country’s  National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO).

The update on Saturday also disclosed that officials have set up a Data Centre at Belmont.

A team from UWI’s Seismic Research Centre is spearheading the initiatives.

They conducted an alternate site exploration is several areas to identify new sites where they can install equipment.

The volcano alert level remains at Orange.

According to NEMO, La Soufrière continues to exude magna on the surface.

From the Belmont Observatory, persons can see steam from the volcano.

NEMO said North Windward Disaster Committees will meet next week to sensitise people and update community evacuation plans.

But NEMO reiterated that officials have issued no evacuation orders.

 

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