Author: SVG-TV Admin

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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The community of Owia, In the Red Zone of La Soufriere has suffered a devastating blow due to the eruption. On Sunday members of our news team went in by boat to the community on the Windward side of the island which is covered in volcanic ash.

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Several Grassroot organisations and volunteers have taken on the challenge of assisting the National Emergency Management OrganisationNEMO to fill the gaps with the needs of displaced evacuees in the various shelters. Our newsteam spoke with individuals who are at the forefront of the volunteer efforts on the ground here. https://youtu.be/TH8E0I23vFU

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A family of eighteen ( 18) from Sandy Bay are in a private shelter after they fled their home days after the eruptions of La Soufriere volcano on April 9th 2021. While some were adamant that they were not moving out of their community which is in the danger or red zone they say they had no choice but to flee to safety https://youtu.be/KTsLCYg2w_Q They say their experience in the private shelter is nowhere close to home due to lack of basic amenities. They have since tried to solicit help from the relevant authorities.  https://youtu.be/AhJTGoW6ing

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Some evacuees from Owia share their experiences with SVGTV News on escaping the wrath of the volcano two days after it erupted on Friday April 9th 2021. The Owia residents including an elderly man, were rescued by the coast guard on Sunday and are now at a Government shelter in Lowmans.  The men are grateful to the Coast Guard for returning to get them out of the red zone noting that it was a near death experience staying behind. https://youtu.be/1_aLGX4ghQM The men said they stayed behind for the sake of their animals as some perished while others were set loose. …

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Despite the predominantly happy faces our news team encountered at some shelters, many evacuees are experiencing their fair share of emotional and mental distress as they grapple with being out of their comfort zones, just one week shy when the volcano explosively erupted on Friday April 9th, 2021. Speaking with our news team two Shelter Managers shared that while the days are mostly enjoyable; the evacuees are experiencing mental strain.  This became evident in one shelter as counselling was requested to pacify those who were visible not processing their experience well.  The Shelter Manager says it was also needed to…

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 The Health authorities here are concern about a possible outbreak of covid-19 in shelters. Speaking on a radio program with Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Simone Keizer Beach said five (5) evacuees in private and Government shelters have tested positive for the virus. https://youtu.be/rMWZs0lIDgg While contact tracing and testing have commenced, the CMO reported that many persons are resisting Covid- 19 tests and vaccination and expressed concerned that Covid- 19 may spread among evacuees as many patients have been asymptomatic.  https://youtu.be/splooU3Xqeg According to the CMO one Police Officer has also tested positive for Covid, noting that…

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