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CARICOM HAS MOBILISED AND STANDS READY TO ASSIST ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has mobilised and stands ready to offer support to St Vincent and the Grenadines as it faces the imminent eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano.

After Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves issued an evacuation order for those living in the red zone, several neighbouring countries offered to house displaced Vincentians.

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Among them are Antigua and Barbuda and Anguilla.

In a statement issued late on Thursday, CARICOM said the scientific team from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre (SRC) has been in St Vincent constantly monitoring the volcano and rendering scientific advice to the Government.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has also been working alongside the St Vincent National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), the SRC and the Regional Security System (RSS).

According to the CARICOM statement, CDEMA has activated its regional support operation including the deployment of a specialist to St Vincent and the Grenadines. 

The Agency is also providing technical assistance to NEMO with Evacuation and Logistics Planning.

“The Community stands with the Government and People of St Vincent and the Grenadines in this perilous situation,” CARICOM said.

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