UN stands in deep solidarity with Saint Vincent after devastating volcanic eruptions

FILE PHOTO: Ash from the eruptions of the La Soufrière volcano covers a town in St Vincent and the Grenadines. (Photo by BajanPro via UN News)

(United Nations News) Following a series of powerful eruptions from La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent, the UN chief on Monday expressed deep solidarity with the country’s people and Government.  

“This crisis comes at the most difficult time, as the world is grappling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and ahead of the hurricane season”, Secretary-General António Guterres said a statement issued by his spokesperson. 

“The Secretary-General commends the local response efforts underway and reiterates the full support of the United Nations”, said Stéphane Dujarric. 

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, located in the southern Caribbean, consists of more than 30 islands and cays, nine of which are inhabited.    

At 4,000 feet tall (1,220 metres), La Soufrière dominates the largest island, Saint Vincent.  Though silent since 1979, the volcano began spewing smoke, and rumbling in December, before a full-blown eruption on 9 April.  

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