The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has joined with the regional and international community in expressing solidarity with St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as the country continues to be impacted by the explosive eruption of La Soufriere Volcano.
The CDB said it is greatly concerned about the multitude of challenges which the country now faces, as it grapples with the current catastrophic event and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bank said its team is now actively co-ordinating a multi-tiered response, intended to effectively support ongoing efforts to address citizens, residents, and organisations’ immediate, medium and longer-term needs.
It said the first tier will involve supporting the regional response mechanism through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
The second tier will entail the provision of funds to assist with urgent needs at the national level. The Bank said it is maintaining active lines of communication with the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It said the response here will be tailored by the immediate support requested by the Government and the damage assessment.