The Council of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba (CCOM) joins the rest of the international community in offering our sincere concern for the recent volcanic eruption on the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the effect on the neighbouring islands, such as Barbados and St. Lucia.
What we know:
The La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent began a series of explosive eruptions on April 9, sending clouds of hot ash some 20,000 feet into the air, blanketing much of the island in ash and causing water and electricity disruptions.
The latest and biggest eruption so far took place early on Monday, April 12, when the volcano sent deadly clouds of hot gas, ash and stones down the mountainsides, according to Richard Robertson, professor of geology at the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre.
So far, there are no reports of deaths or injuries. Some 16,000 residents near the volcano were evacuated a day before the eruptions began, as scientists grew concerned about growing activity on the volcano, which killed an estimated 1,600 people during a violent 1902 eruption. But an unknown number of residents have declined to be moved, according to island officials.
The explosions at the 3,864 foot volcano could continue for days or weeks, according to the UWI Seismic Research Centre.
Donations towards the relief effort can be made through CCOM. Personal cheques can be made to: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Association of Winnipeg. Inc. with the words “Volcano Relief” on the memo line.
Please mail your cheque to:
The Council of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba
1100 Fife St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2X 3A5