The Soufriere volcano, on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, which had not erupted since 1979, awoke on April 9, 2021. Approximately 20,000 people were evacuated in emergency from the vicinity of the volcano (20% of the total population) and 4,500 people took refuge in shelters. Explosions in the crater continue to occur every day with clouds of ash covering the whole country.
Depending on the winds and the height of these eruptions, the environmental and economic impact of the eruption could also affect Barbados, Tobago, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. According to information from the Rotary Club of St. Martin North to the two Rotary Clubs of St. Vincent and St. Vincent South, most homes on the island are without water and affected by ash fallout. Given the fact that the island's airports are closed and the logistical problems related to the remoteness of St. Vincent (600 km south of St. Martin) and the constraints of breaking loads, via Martinique or the island of Bequé, for deliveries by sea, the Rotary Club of St. Martin North recommends, in the immediate future, financial assistance for the needs of the population in the short, medium and long term.
We would like to thank all individuals or companies who would like to help this disaster-stricken population for making a donation to the Rotary-Club de Saint-Martin Nord, either by check (P.O. Box 1177, Marigot, 97150 SAINT-MARTIN), or via the Paypal account of our "Natural Disasters" committee (), or via the form below.
(If you are a tax resident in Saint Martin, your donation benefits from a tax exemption of 80%, 65% for tax residents of metropolitan France & Overseas).