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BVI stands ready to assist Vincentians as volcanic activity continues

La Soufriere Volcano in St Vincent. (Photo by @uwiseismic/twitter)

As the La Soufriere Volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines continues to threaten citizens, the BVI has indicated that it stands ready to assist if that country calls for help.

The volcano is being monitored by regional and international authorities and no evacuation orders have been issued.

But a report from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency said the volcano continues to exude magma and steam and residents were warned to brace for strong sulphuric smells.

Deputy Premier, Dr Natalio Wheatley said St Vincent and the Grenadines hasn’t called on the BVI for any assistance.

“The BVI has a strong relationship with St Vincent and the Grenadines. We have many residents and Belongers who originated from that nation. We have a strong spirit of cooperation that will only grow as time passes,” Dr Wheatley indicated.

He added: “St Vincent and the Grenadines has not indicated that they needed assistance in this area, but I am sure Prime Minister [Ralph] Gonsalves will reach out to Premier Fahie or this will be discussed in CARICOM or the OECS and the BVI stands ready to engage once any request has been made.”

Dr. Wheatley did not state whether the BVI would be willing to temporarily house residents of St. Vincent if evacuation orders are issued. So far, St. Lucia has given the assurance that it would be willing to take residents if the volcano forces them to leave their homes.

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI SRC) has advised that, based on the complex patterns of previous eruptions, it is too early to conclude that the current activity will remain as it is.

“There is still a possibility of a shift to an explosive phase. A definitive prognosis on the current unrest episode cannot be provided until further data analysis is completed,” the UWI SRC said.

According to Premier Andrew Fahie, there are more than 2,000 Vincentian nationals presently residing in the BVI. Recently, residents in the BVI with familial ties to St Vincent and the Grenadines told BVI News they are concerned about their relatives in that country.

La Soufriere last erupted in 1979.

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  1. Virgin Islander, Indigenous says:

    We definitely don’t have space to accomodate those people. So no local should even entertain the thought of bringing in more.

    Vincentians are a p*****ous group of people and we don’t want them.

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    • Really says:

      BVI love in its true form, do you go to church?

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      • Really says:

        We love vincentsions but the virus is out of control there nuff community spread almost 700 and count and that fool say come to nature’s secret wow after sending them home flush them out like dodoo people live here over 19 yrs refuse there permits
        Now headline We are ready to welcome them COVID AND ALL I hope they all pack the plane an come. Then open the bloody port cause st.thomas have less virus.set of green slime.

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        • Vincy to the Bones. says:

          You’re such an idiot! Your ignorance show how little you know of Vincentians.
          Seems like you alreadgg forgot when your country was almost wiped out by Hurricane recently how much St. Vincent stood by by BVI side.

          How much of us you think will really pack up and come there.

    • ? says:

      ????, this Blogger is a Special Breed. Ah wonder if U does get paid to come here and post such Garbage?

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    • Oecs says:

      You better watch your mouth and pray…. you just don’t know what’s coming for us.

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    • SB says:

      Here we have it folks, “BVI Love.”

      You are disgusting.

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    • One Love says:

      So did you forget when they were ready to help us after Irma with the students and schools, along with all the other Caribbean islands who came here to help clean up and get our electricity back?

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    • Wow says:

      Wow! I am speechless. Why such hate? Geez!!

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    • UAD says:

      U sound like a fool tortola was Build off immigration fool

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      • Stupps says:

        You people just as bad to respond. Don’t you see it’s the same group on every site with this nonsense. It’s a set of political croonies looking votes next election.

      • Fed up!! says:

        Correct, but they ain’t ready for that conversation, while the same Vincentian was doing their work, they were busy sitting down ??‍♀️

    • Denzil says:

      Perhaps the Premier can send them something via Moneygram… Just sayin’

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    • Virgin Islander, Indigenous says:

      Wha an odious creep.

    • Kola says:

      When y’all a** was in need of help a few years ago when y’all home almost washed away Vincentians happily help y’all ungrateful back stapping a**es

    • Simone says:

      I wish I can see q photo of your ignorant a** just to only blast you and drag your MC down.. but I bet you look stupid asf just how you sound

  2. Time says:

    Its time for the entire Caribbean (excluding some though) to form a much more beneficial relationship. UK not helping much..constant black listing threats…. we have other strong islands in the industry Cayman, Bermuda, Anguilla, etc LINK up form your own alliance!

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    • Geography says:

      Bermuda isn’t in the Caribbean!

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    • @Time says:

      A very interesting idea. It was attempted before.

      Imagine how much morericher, powerful and self sifficient we would be if we were a united Caribbean.

      Division is a calculated tool divised by the enslaver followed by colonialist to keep us from realizing our full potential and succeeding like all others.

      WE must recognize this and begin to reverse it.Even after we have recognize and begin to reverse the adverse effects of division, however, be warned, the European will do everything within his power to disprupt and that prcess and stop your unity.

      Black and or Caribbean is something he fears more than death itself.

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  3. The poor local says:

    No we don’t we don’t have the money or space too…. Y’all can’t help the people that are here let alone one’s outside… HELP YAH OWN AND OTHERS ALREADY LIVING HER 1ST.

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    • Anonymous says:

      So after the storms who y’all think came and help up us get back some of our necessities??? Help those who are in need because they did the same for us. So much for BVI love. The Vincentians along with many other caribbean islands helped us. Nothing wrong with returning the favor

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  4. Resident says:

    this will be a tough one? With the rapid rise of COVID in SVG, it will be tough….

    • Come for me? says:

      Nobody saying it wouldn’t be tough and I sure the government is paying keen attention to that, instead y’all come here and be quick to comment, y’all should think first☺️

  5. Sam says:

    Help if you could help..Because what goes around comes around.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Too arrogant and stupid that’s why coi along with England will mash you all up .. SVG never ask for help they volunteer to help. We praise The almighty we don’t work voodoo.

  7. UAD says:

    Some off u all think like real small island mentality…when irma an María blows and they was here to fix up back the island u all was blind…

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  8. Rose says:

    May God be with you…Every negative that speak over our island st vincent shall return to ya’ll triple times..

    • He's a troll says:

      He is just trolling you. Pay it no attention. He will need to go to bed soon anyway cos they take his crayons away and switch the lights off.

  9. Rose says:

    May God be with you…Every negative that speak over our island st vincent shall return to ya’ll triple times..

  10. Chosen says:

    Don’t worry my brothers and sisters let them talk about us down island as much as they want when the UK finish with them they will try to find us down islanders

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    • @Chosen. says:

      The UK, politicians, royality and citizens alike do give a rats a** about Tolians or “down Islanders.”

      To them, they are not human as they are. They consider them less than human therefore not entitled things human. That is fact.

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  11. Chosen says:

    We are more than conqueres thu him that love us jehovah

  12. Lol says:

    Some of these comments really showing the bvi love
    Ayo c*** wicked just like ayo p*****r and his administration

  13. Really says:

    If their island goes full volcano we ARE by God going to give shelter!

  14. HELP US ALL !!! says:

    IT IS TIME THIS NEWS SITE STOP ALL THIS S**T.
    IT IS WRONG HOW PEOPLE DOES BE CHATTING S**T ON HERE.

  15. Hmmm says:

    Me nar even waste my time to respond to those negative comments because ah pure vincy bad wud mi ah go use… wid alyo outer timing MC

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  16. It so sad the people still talk with so much hate, Lord help us says:

    It’s so sad people still talk with so much of hateful comments,,Lord help us

  17. Brappo says:

    There was a man in jamaica who was who had trying to form a united caribbean and usless never vote to have it , Ralph would ready when them ready.

  18. True says:

    Too much hate but lord they did help fix us up after Irma disasters, but…

  19. Ok says:

    They were paid as well so get over it

  20. Jasun says:

    What kink if help can the BVI offer really????

  21. Grace says:

    This a natural disaster and we should help. Our own may not be a volcano but a rumbling.

  22. lollllll says:

    dear vincentians,
    in the online community you are sure to run into what we call “trolls” trolls are people who purposely push your buttons tk get a reaction out of you. the person doing the trolling doesn’t care ablut the situation and their main purpose is to aggravate you. once you give them a second or more of your time or energy, the troll wins and you end up looking very unintelligent for not discerning trolling.

  23. No way says:

    No thanks. Let other islands and territories bear that burden. We have our own problems to deal with. No time to play superhero.

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