St. The ash layer on Vincent Island caused by La Soufriere Volcano made life difficult. There is also a water shortage on the island, as the ashes contaminate the tanks. No casualties have been reported so far. However, it is stated that the activity in the volcano may last for weeks.
St. Ashes from La Soufriere Volcano on Vincent Island spread around. Especially in settlements in the north of the island, the streets have turned gray.
The ashes sprayed by the volcano reached a height of 10 kilometers. The thickness of the ash layer reached up to 20 centimeters in some places.
The United Nations (UN) warned that the humanitarian crisis caused by the eruptions at La Soufriere Volcano on St Vincent Island in the Caribbean could last for months.
Didier Trebucq, UN Barbados and Caribbean Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator, said the eruptions on La Soufriere Volcano are continuing and they expect this to affect Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda as well.
Stating that approximately 20,000 people have been evacuated from St Vincent since April 9, when the explosion took place, Trebucq said, “We are facing a great uncertainty and also a growing humanitarian crisis that will last for weeks or even months. This is a crisis that will definitely last more than six months in St Vincent and the surrounding islands, ” he said.
Drawing attention to the loss of livelihoods such as fishing or agriculture according to preliminary determinations, close to 20 thousand people may face the risk of food insecurity, Trebucq stated that approximately 4 thousand people were placed in 87 shelters, but there was a shortage of drinking water in the shelters.
Heeding the warnings of scientists that the volcano was operational, the government began evacuating the island residents on 8 April. More than 1500 people died in the eruption of Yanardag in 1902. Volcano was last in operation in 1979.
The images taken by Maxar reveal the disaster before and after the volcano eruption.
The images show the island turning from green to gray.