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Landslides, mudflows cause more damage as island drenched by heavy rains

Published:Friday | April 30, 2021 | 12:19 AM


Heavy rainfall on Thursday compounded the problems caused by the erupting La Soufrière volcano, as it resulted in major flooding, landslides and mudflows.

There are also several reports of flooding and landslides in and around the capital and its surroundings, as well as in other areas prone to landslides and flooding.

In an advisory issued on its Facebook page, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) said the Red Zone could be impacted by mudflows as ash deposits are thickest in these areas, and the absence of trees means that all of the material will find its way down the valleys.

“The public is asked to exercise caution, especially persons living near rivers and streams and in areas prone to landslides as floodwaters are dangerous and can result in loss of lives and property,” NEMO said.

“To be safe: avoid site seeing and stay off the roads as far as possible; safeguard your health – avoid walking, playing and swimming in floodwaters; stay indoors until floodwaters recede/withdraw; parents should monitor and ensure their children’s safety; avoid crossing rivers and streams and stay away from river banks and heavy gutters.”

A weather advisory remains in effect and residents and motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution in areas prone to flooding and landslides or near rivers and streams.