St Vincent and the Grenadines: Due to heavy rainfall in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the National Emergency Management organisation- NEMO has alerted people of flooding and landslides in several areas of SVG.
NEMO has requested the people of St Vincent to use caution, especially the residents who are living near rivers and streams and in the prone areas to landslides, as floodwaters are dangerous and can result in loss of lives and property.
As ash deposits are thickest in the red zone areas, that is they are likely to be affected by the mudflows. The absence of trees means that the matter will find its way down the valleys.
There are several reports of flooding and landslides in and around Kingstown and its surroundings, as well as in other areas prone to landslides and flooding.
NEMO further gave instructions to the residents to be safe, which are as follows-
- Avoid site seeing and stay away off the roads as far as possible
- Safeguard health, avoid walking, playing and swimming in floodwaters
- Remain indoors until floodwaters recede
- Parents should monitor & safety of their children
- Avoid crossing rivers and the streams and stay away from & heavy gutters and river banks.
NEMO further provided its helpline number- 458-6366 or the hotline at 526-3000, through which one can report all occurrences related to flood and landslide.
In the meantime, the local Metrological office has stated that “Unstable conditions are being improved by a convenient upper-level atmosphere continued to impact much of the region, including SVG.”
“This has resulted in cloudy conditions with moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and thunderstorms- especially over the eastern, southern, and northeastern part of the mainland of SVG since the early morning hours.”
Recorded Rainfall quantities covering – 75 to 125 mm (3 to 5 inches) have already occurred over some parts of SVG during the past 6 hours. A further 50 mm-(2 inches) with isolated higher amounts are possible across the island over the next 24 hours, after which progressive improvement is expected.
The Met Office forecast has urged the residents to be alert for possible effects resulting from rain-soaked ash. They further stated that “Inhabitants, especially in the Yellow, Orange and Red Zones, must avoid areas within the region of rivers due to destructive mudflows (Lahars).