London – The British government has said the Royal Navy has delivered 75 tons of crucial aid to Commonwealth citizens in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines whose lives have been devastated by the recent eruptions of the La SoufriÃ¨re volcano.
In a statement on Saturday, the UK government said the Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA support ship Wave Knight unloaded 139 pallets of emergency aid in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which was “seriously affected. by the unexpected and violent eruptions of La SoufriÃ¨re in April “.
“Intense volcanic activity forced the evacuation of the northern half of Saint Vincent – the main island of the Commonwealth nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – displacing around 14,000 islanders,” the statement said.
âThe mission to provide aid to Saint-Vincent added poignant character to the Royal Navy – over 500 people from Saint-Vincent serve under the White Ensign and have been deeply affected by what happened in their area. country of origin, prompting various fundraising and relief efforts on ships. and at naval bases in the UK [United Kingdom]”, he added.
British Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said that “the recent events in St. Vincent have been a tragedy, but disasters like this are precisely the reason why we have deployed Royal Navy assets in the United States. Caribbean – to provide life-saving aid and assistance to people there in times of need in times of crisis.
“Our military was able to act quickly and decisively when this demand arrived, delivering these essential supplies to where they needed to be within hours,” he said.
The British government noted that the eruptions – the first major volcanic activity on the island in 40 years – dumped a thick layer of ash on homes and public buildings.
He said Vincentians have been forced to seek refuge away from the danger zone in temporary camps, “where basic supplies are now scarce.”
The UK government has said Tanker Wave Knight – which carries a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter, disaster relief supplies and thousands of tonnes of fuel – has raised an assortment of aid from the people of Barbados and from the World Health Organization âduring a lightning stop in the capital Bridgetown. this week”.
Sailors and the Royal Marines loaded up with toiletries, sanitary ware, cleaning supplies, canned goods, bottled water and other essentials before making the 100 mile journey west of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, according to the statement.
“A few hours later, despite the late night, the aid was unloaded in Kingstown, the capital of Saint-Vincent,” he said.
The UK government said it had already provided Â£ 800,000 in funding “to meet the basic needs of the people of St. Vincent and provide technical expertise to coordinate relief efforts since the volcano erupted.”
âMy ship’s crew are keen to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to the security and stability of the region and to mitigate the humanitarian threat caused by the volcanic crisis in Saint-Vincent,â said Captain Simon Herbert, commander of RFA Wave Knight.
The British government said among the British military personnel affected by the disaster were the family of Leading Seaman Rickal Grant, a Royal Navy logistics expert serving with Wave Knight.
Seaman Grant said, âI have children who have been moved by the eruption.
“Displaced people, including my family, will benefit from this humanitarian assistance provided by the people of Barbados,” he added. “I am happy to be part of the ship’s crew providing this assistance.”
The British government said the Wave Knight left Scotland two weeks ago to join the Royal Navy’s permanent presence in the Caribbean and North Atlantic, the patrol vessel HMS Medway.
“Individually and together, the two men bring support and comfort to the British Overseas Territories in the region, as well as to the Commonwealth States,” the statement said.
“They are available to provide assistance in times of natural disasters – the Atlantic hurricane season has just started – and are working with local authorities and their allies to prevent drug trafficking between South America and North America, âhe added.