La Soufriere eruption: island-wide power outage being fixed

By Admin. Updated 7:27 a.m. Sunday, April 11, 2021, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

The St.Vincent Electricity Services Limited – VINLEC says it continues work to restore power following an island wide outage shortly after twelve on Sunday.

“Power has been restored to most of our customers and our teams have been dispatched to continue restoration work,” the country’s sole electricity provider posted on Facebook Sunday morning.

The state-owned company said the safety of its employees and the public is priority. “Therefore, in all instances work will only be done if the environment is safe”.

Up to press time, some communities in the Green (safe) Zone were still without electricity.

At the time of the island-wide power outage, people reported continuous lightning strikes and rumblings associated with the volcano.

Electricity supply is not the only service that has been interrupted as the La Soufriere volcano continues to erupt explosively.

Water rationing by the CWSA across communities in St. Vincent. Photo: CWSA

On Saturday, the state-owned Central Water and Sewage Authority – CWSA, said “we are in the middle of an emergency with heavy ash fall everywhere, including at all its intakes. Presently, no water can be extracted from the rivers”.

Successful groundwater abstraction by CWSA engineers and technicians. Photo: CWSA

Meanwhile, the CWSA said it was able to extract groundwater on Saturday.

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