The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated in mid April that the financial impact of the crisis would be approximately US$554 million.
Lots of relief efforts have been sent and offered.
Venezuela was among one of the first countries sending 20 tons of humanitarian supplies, risk experts and SUV vehicles. Furthermore the arriving vessel will also help to build a “maritime bridge” from SVG to other countries in the region.
“It is easier to defeat these obstacles together. We know it’s a tough time, but we know that the people from St Vincent and the Grenadines are resilient and we are sure that after this emergency comes and after the rebuilding process, you will come up stronger under the leadership of leaders like PM Gonsalves…”
Raul Li Causi, a vice minister and president of the ALBA Bank said.
As always the neighboring Caribbean countries are standing up in every way they can, sending and offering all kinds of items like food and water, sanitation hygiene supplies as well monetary support.
Press conference hosted by the Minister of Home Affairs, Wilfred Abrahams re: the eruption of La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent – April 9, 2021. (PMO)
Barbados stands ready to assist St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) following explosions at the La Soufriere volcano.
Minister of Home Affairs, Information and Public Affairs, Wilfred Abrahams, gave the assurance that the full support of services would be deployed to St. Vincent, as is necessary.
Speaking during an emergency press conference held to address concerns of the public following the eruption of the volcano, Mr. Abrahams said that support at present included the Barbados Coast Guard taking down supplies and handling the transfer of equipment requested and personnel.
The Minister noted that a comprehensive request for equipment and supplies from St. Vincent was presently being handled through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Emergency Management.
The Government of Grenada and other companies have also pledged to give St. Vincent and the Grenadines more than $1 million and other items such as food and water as part of its support towards helping St. Vincent and the Grenadines recover from the eruption.
The PM of St. Kitts and Nevis offered an immediate US$20,000 and promised to provide EC$1 million "to assist with the evacuation and resettling" as well as assistance from its defence and police forces.
The Government of Montserrat announced an aid package of EC$150,000, as well as essential supplies. Digicel planned to donate US$500,000 “worth of much-needed items" and offered to ship essentials to St Vincent for the NEMO.
Trinidad and Tobago sending 50 members of its Defense Force, including engineer’s infantry, medical and logistics.
The British Virgin Islands: IN A UNITED EFFORT to collect and send relief supplies to St. Vincent and the Grenadines as it endures the Soufriere volcano eruption, the BVI community opened its heart and generously gave relief supplies to the people of St. Vincent with an estimated value of over US$25,000.
In addition to the relief supplies collected, businesses and individuals also gave US$16,000 of cash during relief collection. These funds will be used to purchase additional supplies according to the wishes of NEMO.
Second “Love boat” arrived from Guyana laden with bounty. This second shipment had 300 tons of Guyanese donated supplies.
According to the PM Ralph Gonsalves “10 cases of water, over 1,000 what’s listed as food hamper, but I see there’s a lot of perishable food on the boat: Watermelon, pineapples and the like - just like the last time, which would all go to the shelters. We have over 150 water tanks, a number of cleaning products, sanitary products, grocery items, different types of non-perisable food as well – pasta and chow mein and rice and these sorts of items”.
“Further this shipment was a representation of a nation who is not giving out of its surplus, but one who is sharing of its scarce resources – the people of Guyana have been demonstrating genuine solidarity in this case… that is exactly what this boat is representing”.
The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations in Europe was considering a plea for "financial and in-kind assistance" from St. Vincent and activated its Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM).
The UN agreed to provide assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme to help remove debris and ash and a spokesperson said it would be considering the request from the Prime Minister for other assistance, including financial.
PRIME MINISTER Dr. Ralph Gonsalves appealed to the United Nations to be “generous in your solidarity”, at a global appeal fund launched Tuesday under the auspices of the international agency to assist the multi-island state.
Gonsalves was addressing the United Nations Security Council when he made the appeal to countries with direct reference to La Soufriere’s volcanic eruption, which has been ongoing for the past 14 days.
“Please help St Vincent and the Grenadines in its midnight hour of need,” the prime minister said.
“…One fifth of the island’s population has had to be evacuated to safer areas. A monumental challenge of humanitarian relief, including security considerations and recovery and construction face us.”
He noted that without the effective cooperation between SVG, the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations, “our life and living would be wholly unbearable”.
Across our land, the faces of men and women are strained and anxious. They are hurting badly. The global community is being summoned to action to our aid, in the name of humanity and in accord with the United Nations charter, and the global community cannot allow itself to make haste slowly,” he said.
The UN launched a global appeal fund with the aim of raising over US$29 million to assist St Vincent and the Grenadines, which has been significantly impacted by ongoing eruptions of La Soufriere.
On 13 April, the World Bank announced that it would provide US$20 million from its Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option "to support the St. Vincent and the Grenadines government".
The United Kingdom announced a £200,000 initial funding package for immediate emergency assistance and said it would send technical experts to help "restore critical lifeline facilities, like transport links ... and emergency telecommunications"
Upon the request of the Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Government of Japan has decided to provide emergency relief goods (blankets and water storage tanks) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Norway contributed NOK 1.3 million (USD 150 000) in humanitarian aid to people affected by the volcanic eruption on St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The assistance will go through the UN and the Red Cross system and contribute to, among other things, shelter, food, water and sanitary measures.
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands (CMC) — The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) Monday said that it would be paying out an estimated US$2.2 million for relief and recovery efforts following the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Quote by Jomo Thomas, speaker of the House, St Vincent and the Grenadines.
“The solidarity of our people is inspirational. Most have taken it as a bounding duty to pitch in and help. Many volunteered and donated precious time, money, food and clothing. Some of us continue to visit shelters bearing gifs and encourage those in the camps to hold the faith”.
“Vincentians in the Diaspora have, as is their custom, jumped to the call for assistance as if it’s their solemn duty. These contributions, money and barrels will help ease some of the frustrations and difficulties faced by many in the shelters and those lodged with friends and family”.
Else Marie Pedersen, St Vincent and the Grenadines