Posted: Monday, April 19, 2021. 3:37 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The United Nations is helping St Vincent and the Grenadines with $1 million in aid after volcanic eruptions have affected the Caribbean country over the last 11 days.
According to St Vincent’s News784, Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said the United Nations aid from the Central Emergency Response Fund is to assist with the emergency response and stands ready to provide additional help.
The assistance comes after St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves today addressed the UN Security Council and asked for help for the recovery and reconstruction after 11 days of volcanic eruptions.
‘Please help St Vincent and the Grenadines in its midnight hour of need,” Gonsalves said.
Gonsalves was addressing the UN Security Council in a debate on the topic of enhancing cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional Organizations.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is suffering a natural disaster crisis after several La Soufriere volcano eruptions since April 9. Geologists predict that the volcano, which had been dormant for 40 years, will continue having eruptions for a while more.
“For 11 days now St Vincent and the Grenadines has been in the throes of a series of explosive volcanic eruptions on the island of St Vincent,” Gonsalves told the UN Security Council. “As a consequence, nearly one-fifth of the island’s population has had to be evacuated to safer areas.”
St Vincent and the Grenadines have a population of 110,000 people.
“The monumental challenge of humanitarian relief including security considerations and recovery and reconstruction faces us,” Gonsalves said.
“Without effective cooperation between our country, the United Nations, and our regional and subregional organizations, our life and living would be wholly unbearable. Without an enhancement of this cooperation, the relief effort would be stymied and the prospects for our recovery and reconstruction would be dismal,” Gonsalves added.
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