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CLOSE TO 1100 REQUESTS FOR OVERSEAS EVACUATION FROM ST VINCENT

The number of requests from Vincentians who want to be temporarily housed in OECS countries due to the La Soufriere volcano eruption continues to trickle in.  

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Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves says a list was received Monday 3rd May, 2021 for evacuation requests to go overseas from people living in the Red and Orange Zones, which now adds up to 403.  

He gave a breakdown of the number of people and the islands which they wish to be evacuated to:  

  • Anguilla- 22 
  • Antigua and Barbuda- 113 
  • Barbados-27 
  • BVI-65 
  • Dominica- 40 
  • Grenada- 26 
  • St Kitts- 72 
  • St Lucia-39 

Gonsalves says six persons have also requested to stay with family members in Saba and probably one or two requests were made for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.  

The prime minister notes that in terms of Barbados, St Vincent does not have a programme with Barbados but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs could facilitate letters for those who are making their own arrangements to stay with family and want to get their children enrolled in school.  

Gonsalves notes that the total number of evacuation requests now stands at around 1,100, with 540 people from the Green and Yellow Zones wanting to leave as opposed to the 400 from the Red and Orange Zones.  

This update was given by the prime minister on NBC Radio this yesterday 

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