Montserrat is among the British Caribbean Overseas Territories coming to the assistance of St Vincent where the La Soufriere volcano is erupting.
The Government of Montserrat has announced that it will contribute one hundred and fifty thousand Eastern Caribbean dollars (XCD$150,000.00) along with donations of essential supplies.
Montserrat’s Premier Easton Taylor-Farrell said, “Arrangements will now be made to send the items to include cots, blankets, water purifying tablets, portable water bottles, wheelbarrows and push-brooms, to the island.”
He noted that Montserrat has already provided technical support before the eruptions began, with scientists from the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) joining their colleagues from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in St. Vincent to monitor the La Soufriere volcano, in January.
He also said additional technical support will be provided as the scientists will have to be rotated depending on the duration of the increased activity and eruptions.
Montserrat’s own experience with its Soufriere Hills volcano is serving as a reference point for St Vincent now going through the throes of its volcano disaster.
The Soufriere Hills volcano in Montserrat started erupting in 1995 and went through an active and destructive phase up to 2010 with a series of eruptions in which 19 people were killed, two-thirds of the island rendered uninhabitable and the economy devastated.
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