Japan, on Tuesday, decided to extend emergency grant aid of US$1.58 million to St. Vincent and the Grenadines to support the populations affected by the eruption of La Soufriere volcano.
About 22,000 people were displayed as a result of the eruption and 1,990 people were in 45 shelters as of July 8, according to emergency managers.
This prolonged displacement has impacted livelihoods and also created a need for assistance with food access, the Japan embassy in Trinidad noted in a press statement on Tuesday.
The emergency grant will finance humanitarian assistance in the areas of shelter renovation and food assistance though the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
US$850,000 in assistance will be provided through the IOM and US$730,000 through WFP
The assistance is expected to improve living conditions and hygiene to approximately 1,100 displaced people through shelter renovation and provide food and non-food items such as basic household items to approximately 5,000 people.
This aid follows the Government of Japan’s previous donation of emergency relief goods to SVG in May 2021.
“The Government of Japan extends its hope for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ earliest recovery, and will continue to offer its support to Caribbean countries to overcome the vulnerabilities inherent to small island developing states.