UN / CARIBBEAN VOLCANO ERUPTION

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A UN official said there is “a great deal of uncertainty and also a humanitarian crisis that is growing” as explosions and ash fall are expected to continue over the coming weeks, following the volcano eruption in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 14 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

14 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Didier Trebucq, Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern
Caribbean, United Nations:
“We are expected that continuous explosions and ash fall will continue over the coming weeks in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, but also in neigbouring islands such as Barbados, which has been also severely affected with the ash fall, as well as Saint Lucia and Grenada. So, we are facing a situation with a great deal of uncertainty and also a humanitarian crisis that is growing and that may continue for weeks and months.”
4. Med shot, Resident Coordinator Didier Trebucq on screen in press room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Didier Trebucq, Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern
Caribbean, United Nations:
“We are talking about a situation where 20 percent of the population has been displaced from the outlying islands. Some have been taken boats, official boats to leave the island and going to neighbouring countries, but the numbers are not very high so far. But in reality, 100 percent of the population is indirectly affected by the situation.”
6. Wide shot, dais with Trebucq on screen
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Didier Trebucq, Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern
Caribbean, United Nations:
“Of course we are dealing, and I will come back to this, with a crisis within the COVID crisis. So, this is extremely delicate and extremely complicated, so the masks and PPEs and the health aspect of the needs is extremely important. So, many health facilities have been affected by the ashes and the eruption of the volcano. PAHO, WHO, have deployed people on the ground and is working currently with the Ministry of Health in that respect.”
8. Wide shot, Trebucq on screen in press room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Didier Trebucq, Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern
Caribbean, United Nations:
“This is having of course an impact in terms of respiratory issues especially children, people having sort of asthmatic conditions, respiratory fragility conditions. That is why we are currently with PAHO, WHO, assessing especially what are the consequences, but there are also long-term consequences in terms of environmental health. That is why the clean-up of the ashes, the disposal of the ashes, is extremely important. This can have consequences, you know, in terms of water availability, in terms also of animal husbandry, so, in terms of food production, so, it’s very important that we are able to address the issue of ashes and disposal of ashes, and clean-up of the ashes, as soon as possible.”
10. Wide shot, dais with Trebucq on screen

STORYLINE:

A UN official today (14 Apr) said there is “a great deal of uncertainty and also a humanitarian crisis that is growing” as explosions and ash fall are expected to continue over the coming weeks, following the volcano eruption in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Briefing reporters in New York via video teleconference, the UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Didier Trebucq, said the situation in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is also affecting neigbouring islands such as Barbados, as well as Saint Lucia and Grenada.

Trebucq said, “20 percent of the population has been displaced from the outlying islands. Some have been taken boats, official boats to leave the island and going to neighbouring countries, but the numbers are not very high so far. But in reality, 100 percent of the population is indirectly affected by the situation.”

The Resident Coordinator said this is “a crisis within the COVID crisis.” He said, “this is extremely delicate and extremely complicated, so the masks and PPEs and the health aspect of the needs is extremely important. So, many health facilities have been affected by the ashes and the eruption of the volcano. PAHO, WHO, have deployed people on the ground and is working currently with the Ministry of Health in that respect.”

He said the ash fall “is having of course an impact in terms of respiratory issues especially children, people having sort of asthmatic conditions, respiratory fragility conditions,” and stressed that “the clean-up of the ashes, the disposal of the ashes, is extremely important.”

He said the ashes “can have consequences, you know, in terms of water availability, in terms also of animal husbandry, so, in terms of food production, so, it’s very important that we are able to address the issue of ashes and disposal of ashes, and clean-up of the ashes, as soon as possible.”

After several days of increased seismic activity, Saint Vincent and Grenadines has issued a red alert and evacuation order for nearly 20.000 people who live in the northern part of the main island of St. Vincent, where Volcano La Soufriere is located.

The Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) through its Eastern Caribbean office based in Barbados, is coordinating with Saint Vincent national authorities to identify critical needs and is supporting the Ministry of Health with technical advice on enforcement of public health measures, and with shipments of 150,000 medical masks, other personal protective equipment, medical supplies and test kits.

PAHO/WHO has already provided 60,000 medical masks, 7,000 respirators and 6,000 gowns to Barbados Defense Force emergency medical team to support a possible deployment of their military to perform emergency response activities.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has reported 1,766 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic among its approximately 110,000 inhabitants.
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