Belize: The government of Belize announced that it would contribute US$50,000 to the administration and population of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Government of Belize has pledged a contribution of US$50,000 to the administration and population of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to aid in relief efforts as our CARICOM sister nation continues to endure volcanic activity following the first explosive eruption of the La Soufrière volcano on Friday, April 9, 2021.
Reports indicate that a total of 85 shelters have been activated with over 3,500 housed in these and around 16,000 to 20,000 persons likely to be affected or relocated in St. Vincent and the- Grenadines as the volcano continues its series of explosive events with vital venting of ash that is likely to continue over the next few days. The volcanic ashfall is also affecting neighbouring islands in the Eastern Caribbean at this time.
Belize welcomes Vincentians who have been compelled to evacuate their homes due to the seismic-activity and who may have ties to Belize via family or closed ones or friends following the determined entry requirements, including coronavirus protocols. The regime of Belize will also provide humanitarian-resources as required to assist with the disaster response plan on the ground.
Close communication and coordination on St. Vincent and the Grenadines situation will continue between Belize’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and the Caribbean Disaster-Emergency Management Agency– (CDEMA) during this immediate emergency.
Belize stands in full solidarity with the people and the government of St. Vincent and the -Grenadines during these dual crisis presented by disaster response and the consequential socio-economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
GOB stated, “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those harmed in the Eastern Caribbean as they assist this catastrophic event.”
GOB has initiated an application for cash donations to provide assistance to the population of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.