by Staff Writer
St. Kitts-Nevis (WINN) – Since the explosive eruption of La Soufriere Volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, ashfall has heavily affected Barbados and St. Lucia.
With darkened skies over St. Kitts-Nevis, people’s questions about the air quality here prompted a response from National Disaster Coordinator, Mr. Abdias Samuel.
“I want to advise the general public on something that is being asked as well. The air quality. The Antigua met office provided us with an air quality forecast and they have advised that the air quality due to the Sahara dust has fallen to moderate levels due to the Sahara dust and also the potential of particles, ash particles, reaching the Northeast region,” Abdias Samuel, National Disaster Coordinator at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) speaking at the April 14 National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC)weekly briefing.
Samuel continued “Every year we are challenged with the Sahara dust that comes off the West Coast of Africa, travels the Atlantic and enters into the Caribbean islands. And this is compiled with the potential of light particles of ash depending on the air currents and the higher levels of the atmosphere bringing it up to the Northeast region in the Caribbean, the two of them mixing and creating an uncomfortable environment for persons who may suffer from respiratory illnesses. So I’m advising the general public to exercise caution. Please wear your mask where necessary to protect yourselves.”