Apr 14, 2021 - Science

In photos: St. Vincent water supply running low as volcano eruptions continue

 This April 9, 2021, image courtesy Zen Punnett shows the eruption of La Soufriere Volcano from Rillan Hill in Saint Vincent.
La Soufrière volcano erupting in St. Vincent on April 9. Photo: Zen Punnett/AFP via Getty Images

There are "chronic water shortages" in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as La Soufrière volcano continues to explode, government spokesperson Sehon Marshall told a local radio station Tuesday.

The big picture: Up to 20,000 people have been evacuated from the Caribbean island's northern region since the volcano began erupting there last Friday, per AP. Over 3,000 evacuees are staying in more than 80 government shelters.

Ash clouds from the eruption of La Soufriere Volcano from Rillan Hill in Saint Vincent.
Ash covering much of Saint Vincent on April 10, with the stench of sulphur filling the air. Photo: Zen Punnett/Zen Punnett/AFP via Getty Images
La Soufriere volcano erupting behind a house in the hills on the Carribbean island of St Vincent.
The volcano continuing to erupt on April 13. Photo: UWI Seismic Research Center/Facebook
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