Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said while there is only enough food on the territory’s main Island, Tortola, to last for less than a month, more will be arriving soon.
The Premier also stated that there is enough fuel on island to last for months.
“I can confirm that we have on island, diesel and gas for three to five months and our gas companies are continuing their regular shipment and supply to our islands. We do not foresee any rationing of gas or food,” said Premier Smith, who is also Minister of Finance.
“At present, on Island we have food supplies for three weeks and weekly more will be coming in,” he added.
Premier Smith also stated that the larger supermarkets on Tortola will be restocked.
“The major supermarkets have also confirmed that they will continue to open daily, and their supply channels are up and running… Thanks to these businesses and donations from various agencies we will not run out of food or drinking water.”
He noted that authorities are now utilizing the relief supplies and aid that arrived in the territory. Distribution have already begun on Tortola as well as the sister islands.
“Food and water is now coming directly to Virgin Gorda and Government’s efforts are being spearheaded on that sister islands by Sister Island Coordinator, Vincent Wheatley,” Dr Smith said.
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