The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) advance team, is operating out of its staging post in Antigua, which was largely unaffected by the hurricanes.
The advance team, consisting of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU), Rapid Needs Assessment Team (RNAT), CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST), and the CARICOM Disaster Assessment Coordination team, have been deployed to the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, having been into Barbuda late last week. Barbuda, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands suffered serious damage by Hurricane Irma. CDEMA’s Rapid Assessment team, from its staging post in Jamaica, is scheduled to arrive in the Turks and Caicos Islands later today, Sunday 10 September. The Agency has also been in contact with Haiti which has also suffered damage during the passage of Hurricane Irma.
Latest information from the Governor of the British Virgin Islands indicates that five people have been confirmed dead. Barbuda, Anguilla and Haiti each suffered one fatality. Eleven deaths have also been reported in the French territories of St Barthelemy and St Martin as well as the Dutch territory of Sint Maarten.
Residents of Antigua/Barbuda have their say on the passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo over the country on Monday.
The residents spoke to the ABS TV cameras Tuesday which was dubbed National Clean up and Recovery Day. ABS reported that Gonzalo, with gusts near 85 miles per hour, damaged homes, schools and other public buildings, crippled communications services and left several roads impassable.
Tropical Storm Gonzalo caused damage and disrupted regular activities as its strong winds and heavy rains swept across Antigua and Barbuda on Monday.
ABS TV’s Terry Andrew made the rounds after the passage of the late season storm.