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File #: 210345    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/15/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/22/2021
Title: Standing in solidarity with residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the midst of repeated eruptions of the La Soufri?re volcano, and encouraging Philadelphians to offer their support in whatever ways they can.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21034500, 2. Signature21034500
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Standing in solidarity with residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the midst of repeated eruptions of the La Soufri?re volcano, and encouraging Philadelphians to offer their support in whatever ways they can.

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WHEREAS, After several months of increased volcanic activity, on Friday, April 9, the La Soufri?re volcano on the island of St. Vincent erupted twice, marking the first time in four decades that this volcano has exploded. Ash and smoke covered the area surrounding the volcano, and smaller explosions occurred throughout the day; and

WHEREAS, On both Monday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 13, La Soufri?re had two additional explosions. Experts have warned that eruptions could continue for days, and possibly weeks; and

WHEREAS, 16,000 Vincentians live in an area that the government has designated the 'red zone,' meaning that they have been asked to evacuate immediately. While thousands of residents have already evacuated, many more remain; and

WHEREAS, The island is running out of medical supplies and water, and electricity is limited. People, crops, and animals are at risk from the ash, smoke, and debris. Hospitals, already under stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, are facing an influx of patients due to smoke and ash inhalation; and

WHEREAS, Experts expect that the country will require hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the damage caused by these eruptions. Neighboring countries and the World Bank have contributed supplies and funding, but Vincentians can use all the support they can get; and

WHEREAS, For generations, immigrants from St. Vincent and elsewhere in the Caribbean have chosen the United States, and Philadelphia in particular, to start a new life - often leaving behind their loved ones in pursuit of meaningful opportunities to work, thrive, and prosper. Today it's estimated that there are over 74,000 Caribbean immigrants in Philadelphia, where Caribbean businesses and restaurants add vibrancy to our nei...

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