The Government of Grenada is reiterating its support for the Government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as they face an increased likelihood of an eruption at the La Soufriere volcano.
At a news conference Thursday, Vincentian Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves confirmed that there has been increased activity at the volcano, specifically a series of low-level seismic tremors.
Scientists monitoring the volcano say this could be indicative of fresh magma trying to reach the surface. Subsequent to that media briefing, Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell spoke to his Vincentian colleague, assuring him that the Government and people of Grenada stand in full solidarity with their brothers and sisters in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Dr Mitchell reaffirmed the country’s pledge of 1600 beds at St. George’s University to accommodate persons who may need to be evacuated. This pledge was initially made in December last year, following an emergency meeting of OECS leaders.
The Prime Minister has since spoken to the Chancellor at SGU who assured him that all systems will be put in place to quickly accommodate evacuees, should the need arise
The possible volcanic eruption and resulting potential for the evacuation of residents comes in the midst of the global pandemic with several countries struggling to reduce the number of new cases while at the same time, pushing ahead with vaccination programmes.
Dr Mitchell noted that even as Grenada prepares to accept evacuees, protecting the health and safety of Grenadian nationals remains of paramount importance.
The Grenadian leader said his Vincentian counterpart has assured him that persons being evacuated will be required to have at the very least. their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, rigorous testing will be undertaken in keeping with Grenada’s entry protocols.