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Government of Saint Lucia Pledges Support to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Press Release from GOSL

The Government of Saint Lucia and OECS member states continue to monitor

the ongoing volcanic activity happening at La Soufriere in St. Vincent and the

Grenadines and pledged to support the sister isle if activity intensifies.

Increased activity at La Soufriere was observed on November 1st, 2020 and

was considered within normal range until mid-December 2020. Satellite

images confirmed a hot spot late in December and authorities have now

confirmed that there is a dome building on the side of the volcano.

“We are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst,” says Prime Minister

of Saint Lucia Honourable Allen Chastanet. “A lot of discussion is taking place

behind the scenes between Saint Lucia’s and St. Vincent’s National Emergency

Management Organisations and contingency plans are being put in place

should there be an explosive eruption.”

An emergency OECS meeting took place on December 31st, 2020 to discuss the

logistics for a regional response to support St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Martinique was also included on the virtual meeting as the country has also

reported increased activity at Mount Pelee from December 3rd, 2020.

According to the Prime Minister, officials from the UWI Seismic Research

Centre and the Martinique Volcanological and Seismological Observatory state

that the heightened volcanic activity in Martinique and St. Vincent and the

Grenadines is not related but urge territories to monitor the situation closely.

“Governments throughout the region are leaning on these authorities to help

make informed contingency plans should there be an eruption. As a country,

we also must factor in how this can affect us domestically. As a Nation we are

preparing and working very closely with our NEMO and The Caribbean

Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) the inter-governmental

agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).”

Discussions are being held about how Saint Lucia can help should there be a

possibility of evacuation and how the country can absorb evacuees in a safe

and timely manner.

Prime Minister Chastanet called on Saint Lucians to continue to pray for the

safety of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. For more information

about the ongoing volcanic activity visit the UWI Seismic Research Centre on

Facebook or visit their website at www.

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