The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit has received funding from the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in the amount of £51,000 to cover the cost of a rotary helicopter aircraft.

The aircraft will be used to support access to sampling of the extrusive materials, air lifting equipment, surveillance and other relevant support to the monitoring of the La Soufrière volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The funds were provided through the Memorandum of Understanding on the UK Support for the CDEMA Response Teams programme.

According to the CDEMA, the request for a rotary aircraft was made by St Vincent Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves through the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) in the country.

The agency said the aircraft will support the ongoing monitoring by The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre’s (SRC) scientists on the ground.

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