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Relief supplies are for expats too, premier notes

Premier Smith. File photo

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has denied claims that expats are being deprived of relief supplies being distributed in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which severely affected persons throughout the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

The premier, who also is finance minister, noted that expats were affected as much as citizens – BVIslanders and Belongers.

“My government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Development, is committed to ensuring that relief supplies are distributed to everyone in need,” he said.

“We have heard of instances where persons have been wrongly informed that relief and aid supplies are being distributed to BVIslander/Belongers only. Let me assure that supplies are not limited to BVIslanders/Belongers, but will be distributed to any person in need.”

Premier Smith, in a post on social media, further said: “The BVI is home to many, and we have all been affected. It will therefore take all of us working together as #OneBVI to recover and rebuild.”

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