5 Confirmed Dead

Melissa Edwards, Senior Journalist | 4 Comments
September 09, 2017 7:18 pm AST
Photo Credit: Provided
Hurricane Irma has claimed the lives of five persons in the BVI, Governor Gus Jaspert confirmed this evening, September 9.

Governor Jaspert in a audio statement, said that they are still struggling to get communication in and out of the BVI, but are now in a better position in terms of relief coordination.

"There have been a lot of devastation, a lot of infrastructure has been damaged; and we have confirmed 5 fatalities as a result of the hurricane," he said.

"The things that I have, with the Premier (Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith), been able to get done, is to get the response centre functioning and able to coordinate relief and supply efforts. International assistance has arrived; so the UK has a ship here, RFA Mounts Bay," he said.

"We have also got marines here deployed, who are assisting us. We are starting to get over the issues that we need to... Relief supplies are also being delivered to our Sister Islands."

Governor Jaspert, who has only been serving as Governor to the BVI for three weeks, said the people of the BVI are resilient.

"During that short time I have seen and hugely impressed with how resilient the people of the BVI and communities are. They are continuing to help each other during this time. This is a fantastic place and people are supporting each other and we are starting to get relief efforts going," he said.

He indicated that a lot of trees came down, buildings damaged, and people without a place to shelter, "but we have got teams out clearing the road and we are establishing shelters for them."
Copyright 2017 by Virgin Islands Platinum News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Reader Opinions

Please note that the opinions posted are the opinions of its author and does not reflect the views of the management, staff, parent company or sponsors of Virgin Islands Platinum News.
Tetla Collins
Can't fine my family an friends in VG and north sound Marilee Karen Collins kuntz and her husband and daughter just want to know if they are ok
Like · · 37w
They are fine.... but their house was damaged
Like · 36w
Michele maddaloni
possibile sapere le Raffaele Rispoli residente su virgin gorda il salvo?
Like · · 37w
Elma Henry
As soon as you know the names of the people that loose there lives from Hurricane Irma please shear ASAP
Like · · 37w
Platinum Comments Plugin