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Help at last! Heavy military presence now on the ground

The RFA Mount. (Credit Twitter @DefenceHQ).

A British ship, the RFA Mount has arrived in the territory with a contingent of crew members and is now assisting with relief efforts, according to the BVI London Office.

The crew members have already completed their assessment of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma across the territory and have successfully cleared the runway at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport of debris.

Some main roads in and around Road Town have also been cleared.

“The crew has now turned its attention to providing assistance to Virgin Gorda,” the release said.

It was also noted in the release issued last evening that an additional 300 military personnel were expected to arrive in the territory overnight.

“Additionally, British military personnel is expected to arrive tonight, with the deployment of a further 50 marines enroute to the Territory on a C17 aircraft. An additional military complement of 250 commandos will arrive on Saturday, September 9 on an A400 aircraft,” the office stated.

“This increased security presence will provide a more secure environment in which to provide humanitarian assistance in the relief efforts.”

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