Vincentians Hesitate To Leave For Other Islands Over Property, Vaccine Concerns

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Vincentians are hesitating to leave for nearby Islands amid eruptions of La Soufrière volcano, over concerns about their property and the COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

A Communiqué from an emergency meeting of OECS leaders on Monday quoted Vincentian  Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, as indicating the concerns.

He disclosed that those hesitating to leave for other Islands did not want to leave their property and possessions behind.

And there was hesitancy around the vaccine requirement, Gonsavles informed colleague leaders.

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The Communiqué said it was feared that the situation could be compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which the country was working arduously to manage.

It quoted Gonsalves as saying that  not only were persons hesitant to leave the island.

But  he disclosed that hesitancy to leave their homes behind has resulted in the Coast Guard crews having to run rescue operations to retrieve these individuals.

As a result, he  lamented that these rescues were putting the lives of the crew at risk.

Gonsalves explained that the Coast Guard had to operate along the Atlantic side of the island where the ocean was rough, compounded by possible compromise of the engines by the ash from La Soufrière.

In addition, he disclosed that in the North, 40% of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ agriculture was decimated.

As a result, the country urgently needs income support, as well as infrastructural recovery.

In addition, Gonsalves told his colleague leaders that his country faces declining water supplies which were at 20 percent capacity.

He also spoke of  dwindling food supplies, an interruption to the power supply and challenges in streamlining the distribution of supplies to unregistered evacuees.

Nevertheless, Gonsalves noted that there has been an outpouring of Good Samaritans.

“The people have worked together in unity and of course the Caribbean family has responded in an amazing way. When I speak of it, my eyes well up with tears,” the OECS Communiqué quoted him as saying.

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