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UN warns that impact of Caribbean volcano could affect other islands

UN warns that impact of Caribbean volcano could affect other islands

15/4/2021 1:04:00 AM

UN warns that impact of Caribbean volcano could affect other islands

The humanitarian and economic crisis unleashed by the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent will last ...

WorldThis NASA Earth Observatory handout image obtained Apr 13, 2021 shows a Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 satellite image of the volcano eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano on the Caribbean island of St Vincent on Apr 9, 2021. (Photo: Handout/NASA Earth Observatory/AFP)

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15 Apr 2021 05:53AMShare this contentBookmarkUNITED NATIONS: The humanitarian and economic crisis unleashed by the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent will last months and could extend to nearby islands, a UN official warned on Wednesday (Apr 14).

"It is a crisis that will require a humanitarian response but also a response in terms of rehabilitation" which could last for several months, said Didier Trebucq, the United Nations coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.Advertisement headtopics.com

AdvertisementTrebucq, speaking to reporters in New York via videoconference from Barbados, said that the volcano - which had not erupted since 1979 - remains active and every day belches up clouds of ash and smoke after erupting on Apr 9.The islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have around 110,000 inhabitants, 20,000 of whom had to be evacuated from their homes.

About 4,000 people have been moved to shelters but"this number is growing," Trebucq said.On Wednesday a French navy ship, Le Ventose, reached Saint Vincent with water and 75 tonnes of humanitarian aid.AdvertisementAdvertisementTrebucq said that it was hard to know how long the crisis will last."Everything will depend on the duration of the volcanic eruptions," he said."It is possible that it will last a few weeks, it is also possible that it lasts several months."

The eruption will have a medium and long term impact on Saint Vincent as well as nearby islands including Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and others.The French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe may also be impacted"depending on the direction of the winds and where the volcanic ash is deposited," he said.

In calling for more robust international aid Trebucq noted that hurricane season in the Caribbean is set to begin in two months, and that tourism, the main source of income for the islands, has been severely curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. headtopics.com

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