St Vincent volcano: UN warns humanitarian crisis could affect other islands

By Rumi Samuel Published on April 15, 2021
St Vincent volcano: UN warns humanitarian crisis could affect other islands

The humanitarian crisis caused by volcanic eruptions on the Caribbean island of St Vincent will last for months, a UN official has warned.

Didier Trebucq said nearby islands, including Barbados, Antigua, and Barbuda, could also be badly affected.

The islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have around 110,000 inhabitants, 20,000 of whom had to be evacuated from their homes.

About 4,000 people have been moved to shelters, but "this number is growing," Trebucq said.

Mr. Trebucq, the UN coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, said clouds of ash and smoke were continuing to pour from the volcano every day.

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