The eruptions of La Soufrière volcano in Saint Vincent have resulted in ash-covered communities and the evacuation of thousands of residents.
La Soufrière (meaning "sulfur outlet," in French) is the highest peak in Saint Vincent, the largest island of the southern Caribbean country Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) island chain located in between Saint Lucia and Grenada.
The volcano has had five recorded eruptions since 1718 and the latest started last Friday (April 9) when dark ash plumes erupted from inside.
The UWI Seismic Research Centre has reported several explosions from the volcano since then – the latest being early Monday morning (April 12) which saw the biggest eruption of ash and hot gas yet.
How to help
How can you help the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines?
VoX International, which represents SVG in Canada, outlined a number of initiatives on its Facebook page on Monday.
KLC Shippers in Toronto, for one, has agreed to offer free storage and shipment of the following essential items:
• Folding cots
• Tents (10x10ft or 20x20ft)
• Sleeping mats
• Respirator mask with filters
• Reflective vests
• Caution tape
• Hygiene kits
• Non-perishable food items
• Clothing (NEW)
• 5 gallon buckets
The items can be sent to/dropped off at:
50 Tiffield Road, Unit 15
Scarborough, ON M1V 5B7
Additionally, financial contributions can be made via a GoFundMe campaign that has been started by CARI-ON SVG Disaster Preparedness, a non-profit organization based in Toronto. Click here to donate.
GlobalMedic, a Canadian charity and disaster response agency, has also organized a local relief effort, sending food and family emergency kits with water purification units and hygiene items to help displaced families in St. Vincent. Click to donate – from the dropdown ‘Fund’ menu, you can select ‘4 – Saint Vincent – Volcanic Eruption.’
Currently, residents in the immediate area of the volcano have been evacuated to government shelters, as well as off the island on cruise ships in the region that rushed to assist in the effort.
For the most up-to-date information from The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), including government bulletins and status updates, click here.
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