Vincentians are hesitating to travel to Saint Lucia, as La Soufriere volcano continues to erupt.
Earlier this week, Vincentian Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves disclosed that because of concerns over property and a vaccine requirement, some of his countrymen do not want to leave for nearby Islands.
“We are not getting the sense that a lot of Vincentians want to come over,” Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet disclosed.
However, he said the authorities here are making plans for individuals who want to come.
Chastanet recalled that Saint Lucia has started a process of registration for Saint Lucians who want to accommodate Vincentian evacuees.
In addition, he explained that local authorities are trying to ensure that evacuees who arrive here will be able to benefit from local services, including health and education.
Chastanet had earlier announced plans for the government here to subsidise food for evacuees.
And despite some criticism over the plan, he defended it as humanitarian aid.
“If persons are going to come over here and they have had to leave everything in their home, we would have to provide some level of support,” the PM explained.
“I would expect that if the same thing happened in Saint Lucia, other countries would have done the same thing,” Chastanet said.