It is going to be a hefty task both physically and financially to clean up the ash which has affected St Vincent and the Grenadines following the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano.
Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves says interim findings from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) on the initial cleanup assessment of La Soufriere states the estimated cost of cleanup is 38 million dollars.
He says that money will have to be spent this year and in 2022.
Gonsalves says more will be mentioned on this during tomorrow’s Parliament sitting.
Speaking on NBC Radio’s ‘Eyeing La Soufriere programme’ the prime minister reminds that with the lowering of the Alert Level to Orange, everybody from the Orange Zone except those in Chateaubelair and Fitz Hughes, can go back.
Gonsalves notes some people have already returned to the Orange Zone and are facing challenges with their housing which will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
The prime minister says residents from the Orange Zone should see what is happening and move back as support systems are being out in place even as people move back into the area.
The Red Zone continues to be off limits and anybody who needs to go there must seek permission from NEMO and the police.
There is security in place to stop persons from going into the Red Zone.