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Signage for the United Kingdom's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Photo: https://www.gov.uk/)

UK provides £200,000 to support St Vincent after volcano eruption

Signage for the United Kingdom's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Photo: https://www.gov.uk/)

In light of the eruption of La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent, the Government of the United Kingdom, through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, provided £200,000 to support the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s regional response.

La Soufriere erupted on Thursday, April 8, on the island, emitting volcanic gas and ash that forced more than 15,000 Vincentians to evacuate at-risk areas.

Ash and smoke billow as the La Soufriere volcano erupts in Kingstown on the eastern Caribbean island of St Vincent. (Photo: Robertson S Henry/Reuters)

In this regard, the UK noted, “The rapid crisis funds will help provide lifesaving humanitarian supplies like shelter, sanitation kits and protective equipment. Urgently needed technical experts will support relief efforts on the ground, support emergency telecommunications, and restore critical lifeline facilities like transport links.”

The UK said it would continue to work with CDEMA and other agencies to assess the need for additional support.

Emissions of ash cloud from the volcano has since affected neighbouring islands in the Eastern Caribbean and forced the closure of the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados.