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Volcano Hits Caribbean Island, Many Nigerians Trapped

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The Caribbean Island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been hit with a volcanic eruption, trapping many Nigerians.

Naija News reports that the Consul-General of Nigeria on the Island, Dr. Levi Odoe called for support from the Nigerian government and other public-spirited entities around the world.

“There are a lot of Nigerians on the Island, and this causes health challenges. Families are being moved to other countries. We will appreciate assistance from well-wishers and friends,” Dr Odoe appealed in a message.

According to Daily Trust, there are no fewer than 230 Nigerian students studying medicine on the Island, and a host of tourists from the country were there when the tragedy occurred.

So far, thousands of people have been evacuated to safer parts of the Island and neighbouring Island nations, using buses and cruise ships.

Desperate citizens shared videos of the eruptions, which began on April 9 when black ash and smoke plumes overcast the air at about 6-kilometre range.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has an active volcano at La Soufrière elevation, which peaks at 1,234 metres.

This is the fourth volcanic eruption on the Island since 1979, which damaged properties worth $100m.

The first recorded eruption occurred in 1718. The 1902 eruption led to the death of over 1000 persons.

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.