The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General expresses his deep solidarity with the people and Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines following the eruptions of the La Soufrière volcano.
This crisis comes at the most difficult time, as the world is grappling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and ahead of the hurricane season.
The Secretary-General commends the local response efforts under way and reiterates the full support of the United Nations.
The United Nations has released $1 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to assist the emergency response and stands ready to provide additional help.