Authorities on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent said Wednesday that they mistook the La Soufriere volcano for a risk of explosion and ordered forced evacuations.
The disaster response service on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent, which issued one of its red alert alerts, said a Royal Caribbean cruise ship would arrive late on Wednesday to evacuate residents near the La Soufriere volcano.
“They know who doesn’t have transportation because all of this has been canvassed before,” Joseph said, adding that those who board the cruise ship are not sent elsewhere but remain there indefinitely.
Pandemic could complicate evacuation efforts.
“People should be vaccinated,” said Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves at a news conference, as people get on board a cruise liner or take temporary shelter on another island.
Gonsalves said he spoke to Caribbean governments to allow people’s ID cards if they did not have passports.
Gonsalves added he urgently recommends that those who choose to stay in a sanctuary at Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a chain of islands of more than 100.000 people.
Government officials tweeted that the dome of the volcano in the northern part of the island will be lit at dark.
— kharla (@sxeishorty) April 9, 2021