St Vincent: At around 4:49 PM there was another explosive eruption in La Soufrière volcano. It’s been 52 hours since the last cataclysmic event. There have now been at least 30 identifiable explosive events since the start of this eruption phase. Associate Times continues to monitor and provide a piece of updated information on every eruption and government advisory to St Vincent and the Grenadines people.
As residents from northern St Vincent and the Grenadines return to their homes to assess the damage and clear up the asphalt, they are reminded that the worst is not over yet.
In fact, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves
warns the few of the indigenous Kalinagos and Garifuna tribes who still refuse to evacuate, that “the volcano is not over yet”.
“The volcano is not finished yet, it is in a state of silence, but the explosions may still come,” the prime minister remarked during his tour of the red zone on Saturday.
He revealed that about 127 residents from the indigenous community refused to evacuate after La Soufriere volcano erupted on April 9. As the situation escalated, the police force and the coastguard responded.
“After the early explosions it was about 127 and five times we had to go with the Coast Guard for it because some of them did not want to come out and finally we decide and come for them,” he indicated, adding that if there was still left, they will be accompanied.
“At the moment there will be a few left. We have a jetty, we have an angling complex we built … and the Coast Guard’s safe boats can fetch it.
While the Sandy Bay district was being investigated, the evidence of devastation was unbroken, the pyroclastic flow destroyed the roads, houses were covered with ash and roofs collapsed from the volcanic
Gonsalves reiterated that the most critical infrastructure development for these communities was underway.
“We need to start doing the cleaning as much as possible. “These are challenging times before we start reconstructing, even before we start rebuilding, we have to clear the way,” he continued.