St. Vincent & Grenadines

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: La Soufrière Volcano Monthly Report No. 02 (As of 30 July 2021)

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This monthly report is produced by the United Nations Sub-Regional Team (UNST)for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the Office of the Resident Coordinator with the support of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Approximately USD 11.1 million (38 percent) has been raised under the USD 29.2 million UN Global Funding Appeal to support Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This total includes funds repurposed and mobilized by UN agencies, as well as pipeline funding.

  • On 13th July, the Government of Japan announced extending an Emergency Grant Aid of USD 1.58 million to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines through the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

  • The volcano remains in a state of unrest, and as indicated by UWI Seismic Research Centre, residents from the RED and ORANGE zones have to live and adapt to a new and changing environment.

  • President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir conducted a high-level mission to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to discuss critical issues affecting the countrywith Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves,including the humanitarian response to the volcanic eruption, COVID-19 recovery, and climate action.

  • On 2 nd July, Hurricane Elsa struck Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with a few damages in Sandy Bay and Owia (RED zone).

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Seismicity at La Soufrière has remained low since the last episode of ash venting on 22nd April. Current activity is consistent with a period of unrest after an eruption. This can continue for weeks to months. While volcanic activity has been on a decline, there is the continued presence of near-surface hot spots, daily seismic activity, and persistent degassing. There is a small, but not insignificant, possibility that magmatic activity might restart should there be an influx of new magma from depth. The Alert Level remained at ORANGE.

Due to the passage of Hurricane Elsa in July, there were reports of damage to several houses in Sandy Bay, an area already devastated by the eruption of La Soufriere. It was reported that at least 43 homes and three community police stations suffered structural damages. From Owia, a further north community, several homes also lost their roofs due to high winds.6 Light to moderate damages in the YELLOW and RED zones with six 6 lahar signals recorded by the monitoring network on 2nd July associated with heavy rainfall from the passage of Hurricane Elsa. The communication network monitoring La Soufriere volcano was affected by the passage of Hurricane Elsa. As a result, only four seismic stations are currently being transmitted to Trinidad and Tobago.

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