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The Caribbean island is covered with ash from the volcano La Soufriere, destroying crops and polluting water supplies.

Officials on the Caribbean island of St Vincent have warned that residents are facing water shortages, as ash from the La Soufriere volcano has polluted local supplies.

The volcano erupted again around 6am local time (10:00 GMT) on Tuesday – the fifth consecutive day of explosions – and blew a lot of smoke into the air, as well as ash and mountain matter. Another fire flowed down its flanks.

About 16,000 to 20,000 people have been evacuated from areas near the volcano, of which about 3,000 are staying in more than 80 government-run shelters.

La Soufriere the first broke out on friday, after the government issued a mandatory evacuation order and experts said people can hope volcanoes continue to erupt in a few days.

Locals fill water tanks after a series of eruptions from the La Soufriere volcano covering the area with a dense layer of ash. [Robertson S Henry/Reuters]

Government spokesperson Sehon Marshall said the Central Wastewater and Wastewater Authority has been unable to harvest any water from water sources since the volcanic eruption, which has resulted in more than 50 depletion. % of water reserves.

On Tuesday, dozens of people lined up to receive water or to receive money from friends and family abroad.

“There is no water, a lot of dust in our house. We thank God we are still alive, but we need more help right now, ”Paul Smart, a retired policeman standing in the middle of a crowd, told the AP news agency.

The island has been covered with volcanic ash, devastating crops and contaminated water supplies.

“We’re still looking for water and food,” Jenetta Young Mason, 43, who fled home in the danger zone to stay with relatives, told Reuters news agency.

During a press conference on local NBC Radio, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said St Vincent would need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption, but did not provide further details.

He added that no casualties have been reported so far. “We have to try and keep that record,” he said.

A local resident cleans ashes from rooftop after a series of eruptions from the La Soufriere volcano [Robertson S Henry/Reuters]

Gonsalves has continued to urge residents who refuse to leave their homes in areas near volcanoes to evacuate as soon as possible.

La Soufriere last erupted in 1979, while an earlier eruption in 1902 killed about 1,600 people.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that all residents on the coup had no electricity or clean water.

Stephane Dujarric said around 20,000 people are in need of shelter, according to a report received from the United Nations Coordinating Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

“The eruption affected most livelihoods in the northern part of the island, including the cultivation of bananas, with ash and lava flows obstructing the movement of people and goods,” Dujarric said. a press conference.



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