This April 9, 2021, the blast from La Soufriere volcano sent plumes of ash 20,000 feet into the air … [+] on St. Vincent.
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Normally, travelers to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the southern Caribbean would be lolling on the beaches of more than 30 islands and cays, relaxing in the sun, far from every day worries.
But Saint Vincent is currently in a major crisis that combines a volcanic eruption, its largest COVID-19 surge since the pandemic, the region’s worst Dengue outbreak in recent history, and a new, possibly deadly, hurricane season.
La Soufrière volcano, silent since 1979, erupted on April 9. Further eruptions are expected in the coming weeks, and some experts believe that the growing humanitarian crisis will last months.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is home to just over 110,000 people, thousands of whom are currently living in shelters across the island. Entire villages are covered in ash, buildings damaged, schools and businesses closed, crops and livestock destroyed. Some shelters lack basic services, and the main island does not have clean water and electricity…