Vincent warns of volcanic eruption, orders thousands to evacuate

Mandatory evacuation of communities near to La Soufriere volcano begins

Mandatory evacuation of communities near to La Soufriere volcano begins

'More explosions could occur'. Most notably, the eruption of 1902 killed many Indigenous Black Caribs, who had been banished by the British colonial government to live at Sandy Bay in the shadow of the volcano.

He said at a cabinet media conference recently, that the Moroccan Hotel, as well as several other apartment complexes in Picard, Portsmouth have been identified to house residents of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines who may need to come to Dominica should activities at the La Soufiere volcano continue to intensify.

The pandemic could hamper evacuation efforts.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said the island was on red alert after a shift in volcanic activity at the La Soufriere crater and told residents in northern areas to move to safety immediately.

He said that Barbados and St. Lucia are willing to receive evacuees, but they will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

'Not everything is going to go ideal, but if we all cooperate. we will come through this stronger than ever, ' Gonsalves said.

'This is an emergency situation, and everybody understands that, ' he said.

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The announcement was made during an emergency press conference a short while ago, at which the Vincentian leader said he was acting on the advice of the country's disaster officials. 'We're over capacity, ' he responded, noting that the shelter could hold 75 people and was already filled up.

Shelters filled up overnight as people living in the northern part of the island sought safer ground under government orders, with a string of vehicle lights twinkling through the darkened mountains. The government has issued an urgent evacuation after days of increased seismic activity at the La Soufriere Volcano.

"I don't want you panicked", he instructed. "That is the worst thing to do", he said.

'Things are escalating pretty quickly, ' she said of the volcanic activity, adding that it was impossible to provide an exact forecast of what might happen in the next hours or days.

[Updated] The Premier has extended his thoughts and prayers to the people of St. Vincent & The Grenadines as they face the possible eruption of the volcano La Soufriere.

Categorised as an active volcano, La Soufrière's conical shape has been built up by layers upon layers of hardened lava and now, with the alert level having been elevated to Orange (the third highest of four levels), residents have been informed of the possibility of evacuation.

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