The devastating effects of the ash clouds from the eruptions of La Soufriere in St Vincent and the Grenadines over the past week, did not only affect the island and its inhabitants but extended eastward to Barbados.
The Ministry of National Security, through the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), said it will continue to provide relief support to the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
This support has now been extended to the People and Government of Barbados as they seek to undertake clean-up efforts following the accumulation of sulfuric ash fall from La Soufriere.
On Saturday 17th April 2021, much needed cleaning items that were collected with the assistance of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and members of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) were stored at the ODPM’s warehouse over the past 24 hours.
These items were then transferred to the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard’s (TTAG) Ulric Cross Air Station with the assistance of soldiers from the First Engineer Battalion, Trinidad and Tobago Regiment.
The Operation continued with both soldiers and airmen working together to load items such as safety goggles, industrial brooms and coveralls onto aircrafts provided by the TTAG and the Regional Security System (RSS).
The Air Guard’s aircraft with 2000 lbs of cargo on board, departed Trinidad at 1.55 p.m. yesterday for Barbados’ Grantley Adams International Airport.
The RSS aircraft departed one hour later with 2800 lbs of cargo for the same destination.
Another 1000 lbs of cargo are awaiting shipment to Barbados.
These are expected to leave within the next 48 hours.