Wednesday 20 March, 2019

Cayman sends more aid to Anguilla, relief flight heads to TCI     

The Cayman Islands Government on Tuesday embarked upon its second humanitarian relief mission to Anguilla.

A relief flight is also scheduled  for Wednesday for the Turks and Caicos Islands, another British Overseas Territory that suffered widespread damage in Hurricanes Irma and Marie.

Cayman’s second mission to help the hurricane devastated island is expected to deliver more critical medical supplies and building materials.

The flight included a four-person replacement medical team to support the Cayman Islands’ ongoing contributions, as well as is flying home three Anguillan patients evacuated during the first relief mission following medical treatment.

“We are very glad that we can continue the assistance we've started, especially in terms of medical personnel,” said Cabinet Secretary Samuel Rose.

“This is the help that Anguilla has indicated they still require. The island is getting on its feet quickly and a lot of that is thanks to the assistance in part that we were able to provide,” added Rose.

Supplies taken also included water and life-saving equipment to replace those lost when the paediatric unit of the Princess Alexandra Hospital, the island’s main medical facility, was wiped out during Hurricane Irma.

A small contingent of civil servants also flew out, accompanying the efforts, they included the staff from Cabinet Office’s, Office of the Premier, Government Information Services along with the Director of Hazard Management Cayman Islands McCleary Frederick.

“When the Cayman Islands Government first made its offer to assist the Anguillan people, the information received from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office made it clear that the island would need sustained assistance,” the Director said.

“This and subsequent relief trips to Anguilla will help to consolidate our aid efforts with the island’s government and provide a measure of comfort to many of those whose lives fell apart when Irma ravaged the island, “ he added.

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