Pope prays for evacuees forced to flee La Soufrière eruption
Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with those affected by the volcanic eruptions in the Caribbean island state of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
In a message signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis said his thoughts are with “the many displaced persons forced to evacuate their homes and seek shelter from the effects of this disaster.”
The Holy Father said he is praying for all the rescue workers and had entrusted everyone to "to the loving providence of Almighty God."
La Soufrière has been dormant for more than 40 years. The volcano erupted on April 9, damaging buildings and covering entire villages with ash.
Agriculture Minister Saboto Caesar issued a warning on food insecurity. “We are facing a catastrophe in agriculture and fisheries,” he said, with “problems that affect food security and food sovereignty” because “the availability of food is now in question.”
The latest eruptions have displaced over 20,000 people.
The UN has sent an appeal to the international community to help those who have been displaced.