by Staff Writer
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): St. Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean countries are pledging to stand with St Vincent and the Grenadines as that country grapples with the eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano in the north of St. Vincent.
The National Disaster Mitigation Council met Friday (April 9) to discuss options.
Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris reported that he was informed that 12000 were to evacuated but St Vincent and the Grenadines only had capacity for 5000 in shelters, so 7000 people would have to find shelter in other countries or on cruise ships.
Another 8000 people could find accommodation with family and friends in St. Vincent, Dr. Harris said.
He said options included assisting with material resources like cots, blankets, and peripheral water tanks and displaced persons would be tested for COVID-19 and inoculated.
“Cabinet is committed. Cabinet will be a good Samaritan on this particular effort. We want to be our brothers’ keeper and our sisters’ keeper too, but we have to do it in the most efficient way,” Prime Minister Harris assured.
“In the coming days, the National Disaster Mitigation Council with collaboration from the private and public sector will finalize concretely what assistance will be offered to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” a press release added.