Some Vincentians are hesitating to leave their country, in the aftermath of La Soufrière volcano erupting.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said Monday on NBC Radio that cruise ships may have to be informed.
The cruise ships have been preparing to take evacuees to other Islands nearby.
“Regrettably, either later today or tomorrow we might have to tell the cruise ships that there’s not a sufficient take up of persons who wanted to leave Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,” Gonsalves disclosed.
The Vincentian Prime Minister explained that he has been going around and there are some individuals who want to leave.
But he said he does not think there’s a ‘large enough’ number who want to go elsewhere, at least at the moment.
Local reports indicate that more than 16,000 people had to abandon their homes, while some 3,000 are said to be in government shelters.
The authorities have warned individuals who have not heeded the order to leave the danger zones, to get out immediately.
On Monday, as residents of Saint Vincent continued coping with heavy ash fall, La Soufrière erupted in what experts called a ‘huge explosion’.
The explosion sent hot gas and more ash into the air.
However, there were no reports of injuries or deaths.
Geology Professor Richard Robertson told NBC Radio on Monday that the volcano’s old and new dome have been destroyed and a new crater has formed.
La Soufrière volcano started to erupt on Friday.