The explosion of La Soufrière volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadine has , has left the entire population of the main island without clean water and electricity.
Citing reports from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Stéphane Dujarric added that about 20,000 evacuees on the Caribbean island are currently in need of shelter.
“The eruption has affected most livelihoods in the northern part of the island, including banana farming, with ash and lava flows hampering the movement of people and goods”, he told journalists at the daily news briefing.
The OHCA says that 54% of shelters lack basic services such as water, hygiene, and sanitation (WASH) and 63% of emergency shelters show increasing presence of unaccompanied women and girls.2 On 11 April, Saint Vincent experienced a massive power outage around 1:00 am following another explosive event. This poses serious challenges for shelters that do not have auxiliary power.