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More Flee Volcano On Caribbean Island Of St. Vincent

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A man rides his bicycle along the main Black Rock road, covered with ash coming from the eruption of La Soufriere volcano in the neighboring island of St. Vincent, on the outskirts of Bridgetown, Barbados, Sunday, April 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Brandis)

(AP) — More people have fled their homes on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent as La Soufrière volcano rumbles loudly for a third day and the heavy weight of its ashfall is damaging some buildings.

Residents reported widespread power failures early Sunday, though authorities restored electricity to most of the island by late afternoon. The volcano’s rumbles can be heard in the capital of Kingstown, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south. Scientists warn that the explosions could continue for days or even weeks.

About 16,000 people have had to flee their ash-covered communities with as many belongings as they could stuff into suitcases and backpacks.

 

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