Response to the St Vincent Volcanic Eruption
The La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St Vincent erupted on 9 April blanketing the island in a layer of ash and forcing nearly 20,000 people to evacuate their homes.
Dust and ash have covered roads and buildings around the island. With power outages and water supplies cut off, thousands of residents have been sleeping in emergency shelters.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has called on ADRA and the local SDA church to render assistance by providing meals and shelter. Meal distribution has started initially between 9-10 April with 200-300 meals/day. It was planned to facilitate 600 meals/day starting on 12 April due to increasing demands. Distribution is occurring at the 2 centres. ADRA on St Vincent, through the local church, is hosting evacuees at 10 facilities (churches, schools, etc.) that are being used as shelters.
ADRA International is now evaluating different leads and interest from external and internal partners to fund a ramped-up response. ADRA-UK will join that response once it has been formalised and will only then seek donations towards the emergency assistance on St Vincent.
You can donate now to support our general emergency fund which helps us to prepare to respond to disasters. For donations to St Vincent please wait until an appeal opens.