The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is continuing to do its part in rendering vital assistance to our Caribbean neighbours that were severely affected due to the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

Speaking on Friday afternoon on the Shakeup Program aired here on WEFM, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said the barge with relief supplies for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) left here last night.

Prime Minister Gonsalves also said that a vessel containing food, water and other relief supplies has arrived in Dominica, which was hit by Hurricane Maria between Monday and early Tuesday. He said the vessel to Dominica contains about EC$100,000 worth of relief items.

The Prime Minister further noted that a plane from Venezuela is scheduled to arrive here today en route to Dominica and arrangements are being made for about 4 tons of relief items to be placed on the plane.

Dr. Gonsalves explained that the cabinet approved for US $50,000 each to be disbursed to Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, BVI and Dominica. He said all together the government is providing in excess of EC One million dollars towards the hurricane relief efforts in affected Caribbean islands.

He said Dominica requires all the assistance it can get at this time, adding that the island really is in need of water and food at this time.

The Prime Minister said arrangements are also being made to send hurricane relief supplies to Cuba.



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