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 The shelters which recorded COVID – 19 cases will be closed to public access. So says Chief Medical Officer Dr. Simone Keizer Beache while giving an update on radio. The two shelters identified are at Stubbs and Biabou and according to the CMO, the measure was taken to help contain the spread of the virus.  https://youtu.be/cVe9qAXwAZk The CMO said that currently, it is a challenge containing COVID- 19 in shelters and they have since implemented news protocols for the shelters. https://youtu.be/K_6Uybhex_w The CMO further noted that a quarantine order can be used to have people comply with the law.  https://youtu.be/EI_c_2wkqB0

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Over the weekend 18 new cases of COVID- 19 were recorded, 16 of which were from emergency shelters. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Keizer Beache, said that the positivity rate continues to climb from 4.9 on April 27th to 9.4 on April 30th. The CMO noted how worrying it is for evacuees in the emergency shelters which now have 32 cases.  https://youtu.be/DwWEm9l4rYg Dr. Keizer Beache stressed the importance of having persons tested as this is one measure used to control and contained the virus.  https://youtu.be/vzEoUzi34Y0 The Prime Minister also encouraged persons to get tested, as it is part of precaution,…

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In the community of Rockies in the Kingstown area, Rohan, Annie, And Ian Edwards all experienced varying degrees of damage to their homes due to landslides caused by the heavy rains. Ian Edwards says after he noticed repeated landslides happening at the back of his home, he quickly rounded up his family of six, saving nothing but their lives; Ian jumped to safety carrying his three month old baby in his arms. The family sought refuge next door, but this was also short-lived. https://youtu.be/H65V4VGXh6c Ian says he also lost livestock and the family’s pet dog who was swept away and…

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Despite the Covid- 19 Pandemic and the eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano the St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association is gearing up for the 3rd edition of the Dream Eleven Vincy Premier League Ten/10 competition, with the draft picks already held on April 27th.  The six franchise teams – Dark View Explorers, Fort Charlotte Striker, Botanic Garden Rangers, Grenadines Divers, La Soufriere Hikers, Salt Pond Breakers- retained four players each heading into the draft with the exception of the Fort Charlotte Strikers who have named a new captain in Miles Bascombe.  For this edition of the competition, Cricket West…

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Dexter Lewis, one of the home owners whose house was destroyed following an unexpected landslide in Rockies, said he had just a few seconds to save his family before his home of forty years slipped away before his eyes https://youtu.be/SzaosaHaNZ0 The father of four said at first he assumed his children were playing noisly and that upon investigation he discovered the troubling site of the land on which his home was grounded separating from the hillside. https://youtu.be/mwlNCTRd6oQ Lewis who was still visibly in shock said they were not able to save anything but their lives. When asked what his plans…

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The heavy rains have caused damage to a number of houses in the Kingstown area. In an interview with SVGTV News area representative for East Kingstown Fitzgerald Bramble says two families are now homeless following significant landslides in Rockies and Murrays Village https://youtu.be/XruszEYgtvM Bramble described the atmosphere he encountered when meeting with the families shortly after they had lost everything. He also shared that he has since spoken with Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves on the matter https://youtu.be/-oi0IPiV9xs The East Kingstown representative also took the time to encourage his Constituents and Vincentians at large to remain on their guard as…

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Director of Forestry Fitzgerald Providence said that 75% of the forest on the La Soufriere Mountain has been destroyed. He said while, some parts still have vegetation in the Yellow and Green zones, the Red and Orange zones close to the volcano were severely damaged by heat and volcanic ash. https://youtu.be/wMTTg1wpoNI Providence said flora and fauna were also heavily impacted, noting that the Vincentian Parrots have been affected by the ash. https://youtu.be/eg2_xPNM7Ck The Forestry Director is appealing to Forestry Officers to work closely with the Forestry Division to save the forest, birds and animals. https://youtu.be/TztEaZtsk9w

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On Friday April 17th, three local fishermen headed by the president of the SVG Fisherfolk Association travelled to neighbouring St. Lucia to collect relief items for the fisherfolk affected by the eruption of La Soufriere volcano. On their journey back to SVG the following day, the boat they were travelling with sank and all of the relief supplies were lost. After three hours struggling for their life at sea the men were rescued by a fishing vessel from St.Lucia. they are now back home and are in need of relief supplies. https://youtu.be/ZCoM8R2rM9A

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The second vessel with emergency relief supplies from Guyana docked at port Kingstown on Sunday April 25th, 2021 with over 10-thousand cases of water, one thousand food hampers, 150 water tanks and other supplies including molasses.  On hand to receive the items, were finance Minister Camillo Gonsalves, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Keisal Peters and Honorary Consul of Guyana to St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nigel Russell. The Finance Minister thanked the Guyana Government for the solidarity expressed to svg through its emergency relief response.  https://youtu.be/5_8GXCCJxGM The Finance Minister said SVG will rise again, noting that rebuilding…

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves accompanied by members of the media, locally, regionally and internationally on Saturday visited several communities on the leeward side of the island which are in the danger zone of La Soufriere volcano and gave the assurance that his government will rebuild the affected communities. https://youtu.be/QaVP4PeeG1c While the monitoring team is uncertain of what to expect next from the volcano which continues to erupt and is still dangerous Prime Minister Gonsalves said in the meantime cleaning the ashes take precedence. https://youtu.be/nKd_kumMil4 Persons are still advised to stay away from the red zone. The Prime Minister’s visit…

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There is close to Thirteen Thousand people in shelters, both private and public who have been displaced by the eruption of La Soufriere volcano. Some of these people, including 92 year old Selina Edward of Georgetown, have adapted to shelter life and are making it a home away from home. Although Mrs. Edward has been offered accommodation elsewhere which will be more private she prefer to stay in a shelter . Our news team spoke with her about her shelter experience and that of the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano. https://youtu.be/L3l5H9ftL1k

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Seventy Eight (78) year old visual impaired Alexander Cobbler is one of the vulnerable persons at the shelter at the JP Eustace Secondary School. Cobbler who was also a panelist  on SVGTV’s View Point program on Sunday April 24th, said despite some challenges he is well taken care of. https://youtu.be/FAla8bFXRsI Cobbler gave a high rating to the Shelter Manager and the supporting staff for the hospitality being shown to him and others. https://youtu.be/L3X8O2iEfQY Cobbler noted that he didn’t get to experienc the explosive eruption of La Soufriere volcano in 1979 because he went out of state on the exact day.…

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Leader of the Opposition New Democratic Party Dr. Godwin Friday along with several members of the party and its public relations arm, have surveyed the devastation in the North Windward area caused by the eruption of La Soufriere volcano. In a telephone interview with SVGTV News, Dr. Friday described the level of devastation that he and his team encountered as “extraordinary.” He said the party is providing essential supplies to persons primarily sheltering in private homes who have identified themselves or who have been identified by representatives of the party.  https://youtu.be/dkm5ICt1idE In his canvassing of the various Government Shelters, Dr.…

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Ash and dust in the atmosphere from an explosive eruption can cause significant problems to one’s respiratory system, skin and eyes. In an interview with SVGTV News, Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Jerrol Thompson said that the ash can lead to red eyes, itchy skin or even bronchitis, however,  he noted that persons who are still in the red zone will have a greater impact from the ash.  https://youtu.be/wOcWYZqT28Y Dr. Thompson added  that the ash contains dangerous chemicals such as carbon dioxide, hydro-chloric acid , hydro-floric acid and sulphurate. He highlighted some conditions the ash can lead to and encourages persons…

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In the Red Zone community of Sandy Bay many houses have been destroyed as a result of the eruption of La Soufriere Volcano. The majority of residents have evacuated and two female evacuees returned to the village, to see what can be salvaged. The sight was too much for them to bear. https://youtu.be/tZ-wldt7Klo

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A number of communities in North Leeward were not spared of the wrath of the eruption of La Soufriere Volcano. Getting into some of these communities on land has become difficult. https://youtu.be/0PEp3e1pCk8

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Vincentians at home and abroad woke up to the news of the passing of a legal giant, Parnel Campbell QC affectionately known as “PR”. An outpouring of tribute flood social media and the airwaves for the prominent Queens Counsel  In an interview with SVGTV News Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, shared his memories of Campbell which he said began during his time at the Boys Grammar School where Campbell was two years ahead of him. PM Gonsalves said Campbell was an exceptional all rounded student and a great cricketer during his school days. Later the two would stand side by…

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Dr. Richards Robertson, lead monitoring Scientists, said that a lot of plants, agricultural crops and wildlife have been affected greatly by the explosion and pyroclastic flow of La Soufriere volcano. https://youtu.be/ht2nF1vrDT0 Though he doesn’t encourage farmers to start replanting their crops as yet professor robertson said after things settle down with the volcano , the ash will have a great impact on the soil and agriculture in the country. https://youtu.be/hrDyxDcZWjY

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With the large amounts of volcanic ash now in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados, Director General the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States OECS Dr. Didacus Jules is hoping people can turn ash into cash. During his address at the launch of the UN Global Appeal Fund, the OECS Director said it has been done in other countries and St. Vincent can follow suit. https://youtu.be/1fCSjYUL9l8 The OECS Director also noted with concern, the increase of plastic bottles coming into St.Vincent and the Grenadines as part of the relief efforts. He cautioned against creating an environmental problem with plastic pollution…

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