Amidst a water crisis that is developing in the volcano stricken island of St. Vincent and Grenadines, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has shipped 14 pallets of bottled water (420 small cartons and 280 large cartons) to the neighbouring island.
Sent yesterday on the vessel “Promise Kept”, the shipment is expected to arrive today- Tuesday, April 13, 2021, and comes in the wake of calls from Dr Ralph Gonsalves-led government in St. Vincent as heavy ash fall from the La Soufriere volcano has created significant disruption to the regular water supply.
Just this morning at about 6:30am , on the 42nd anniversary of its last eruption, La Soufriere commemorated her anniversary with another explosive eruption.
On Saturday, 10th April, St Vincent’s Central Water and Sewage Authority said that citizens should prepare for water rationing. Earlier this week they also announced that they were actively searching for new water sources as the company has not been able to extract water from the rivers, and at present, only 15 per cent of regular storage is available.
They’ve also said that water collected before the eruption is dwindling; and stated that a limited supply is now available in the green zone; however, 250 gallons will be released to communities on the island’s Windward side.
Speaking on the talk show the Heng this morning, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit urged citizens here on the island, to donate as much water as possible to the affected island.
According to Skerrit, “our goal is to send them more water in the days ahead, therefore if you would like to donate we would prefer it if you do so by using cartons of both the small and bigger bottles.”
Drop off points include the Dominica Import and Export Agency (DEXIA) packing house in Longhouse Portsmouth and Goodwill road as well as the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) in Jimmit.
NEMO has also informed that standpipes are being erected in several communities on the western side of the island, bringing relief to thousands of residents.
While Grenada and Trinidad have shipments of bottled water en route to St Vincent, water is being delivered to communities across the island by trucks.