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Premier via BVI London Office: Humanitarian efforts under way

A scene from Tortola showing the destructive force of Hurricane Irma. (Photo Credit: Ve-Anna Thomas).

Premier Dr. D Orlando Smith has indicated that his government is coordinating the relief efforts and clean-up operation for the territory, according to Director of the BVI London Office, Benito Wheatley.

In a statement on the BVI London Office website, Wheatley said he spoke to Premier Smith yesterday and the disclosure was made.

“Following yesterday’s events, I spoke with Premier Dr. Hon. D. Orlando Smith, OBE who indicated that the Government has begun to coordinate humanitarian relief efforts and an initial clean-up operation,” he said.

There has been no official word coming out of the Premier’s office following the passage of hurricane Irma yesterday.

The territory’s electricity and telecommunications infrastructure has been disrupted.

Meanwhile, the BVI London Office Director noted that from all indications, the territory has been severely impacted.

“Reports show that the storm hit the territory directly. While the full extent of the damage [is] unknown at this time, it is clear the islands have been severely impacted.”

“At present, most communications remain down, including mobile phone service and internet access. For the time being, this will make it difficult for those trying to reach the territory in order to connect with family and friends.”

He said the BVI London Office will remain in contact with the Government to receive information as it becomes available. The London Office is also in regular contact with the UK Government on the current situation, he added.

The BVI London Office will serve as the Government’s point of contact in the United Kingdom and Europe and can be reached by telephone at +44 20 7355 9570 or via email at [email protected]

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