Over 20,000 to be evacuated if worse happens

By Admin. Updated 9:51 a.m., Wednesday, December 30, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Over 20,000 people will be evacuated if the La Soufriere volcano eruption escalates.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said on NBC radio on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, that there is currently no evacuation order, but persons living in the north of the country must be on alert in case the situation at La Soufriere escalates.

Persons in Georgetown to Fancy in the northeastern corridor and persons in Belle Isle to Richmond on the northwestern corridor are to remain on alert.

In the final draft of the 2012 Population and Housing Census, the population districts of Colonarie, Georgetown, and Sandy Bay had a total of 16, 474 persons, while the household population in Chateaubelair district stood at 5,756, a total of 22, 230.

The La Soufriere volcano erupted effusively yesterday, December 29, 2020, but scientists at the Seismic Research Center at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus say that is it possible for an effusive eruption to escalate into an explosive one.

Prime Minister Gonsalves said three scientists are expected to arrive here in St. Vincent today, from Trinidad and Tobago, through the Regional Security System and they would evaluate the situation to be able to give at least a 48-hour evacuation notice if the worse is to happen.

Dr. Gonsalves said that there will be anxiety and uncertainty at this time but he is appealing for a patience and a calm among the population.

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