Coast Guard Brings In Owia Residents Who Previously Declined Evacuation

The St Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard evacuated several residents from the Northern community of Owia on Saturday.

NEMO the National Emergency Management Organisation said the Owia residents had previously declined to evacuate.

The government had ordered a mandatory evacuation of persons living in the Red Zone in which Owia falls.

On Saturday La Soufriere continued explosive eruptions with heavier ashfall reported across the country, 2-6 inches of ash is reported at Rabacca.

On Saturday 10th April, Geologist Richard Robertson said overnight, the tremors have generated energetic venting and continuous ash.

Ash plume with a bigger pulse having an explosive component was also observed and Vincentians could expect more ashfall today.

In a Facebook post, St Vincent’s Health Ministry said exposure to volcanic ash could irritate the eyes and the respiratory system. 

The Ministry further stated that When you breathe in air contaminated with ash, the particles can irritate the airways, causing them to contract more frequently. 

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  1. As a Caribbean National, specifically from Jamaica, I watch the developments in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with apprehension. I have some good friends from there and is now trying to see how best I can help. The important thing to remember here, is, this is not a sprint and our brothers and sisters are going to need our help for some prolonged period. Individuals can form groups which should contact the authorities to ensure the best way to deliver whatever aid is deemed necessary. We will be in touch to execute some sort of plan with other like-minded entities. God bless.