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In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma that battered the Caribbean, 37 persons have died. More than 200,000 people need aid. Water, food and necessities are scarce. Rationing is limited. Housing needs are great…residents have no place to go.
The Evangelical Association of the Caribbean (EAC), Church leaders and residents of the Caribbean islands have a message for the rest of the world: “Remember us.”
There is a tendency for the wider global community to forget this region. The Caribbean is considered a remote place. We are told that it is a challenge to deliver supplies quickly, cheaply and adequately.
Irma cut a path of destruction through parts of the Caribbean, including the Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, USVI and British Virgin Islands, killing at least 34 people.
In the U.S. Virgin Islands, authorities say four people died on St. Thomas. Irma’s winds ripped off the roof of the island’s only hospital, and U.S. military helicopters have evacuated critically ill patients to St. Croix, which suffered only minor damage in the storm.
Irma wiped out all the electricity and telephone service on St. John, the smallest of the three major U.S. Virgin Islands, and knocked out about 70% of the utility infrastructure on St. Thomas.
St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport is open for commercial traffic, but the airport on St. Thomas is focused on hurricane relief efforts. St. John has no airport.
The BVI Health Services Authority has advised that Peebles Hospital remains functional and open. Persons needing emergency services are advised to go to the emergency department. Persons with cuts and bruises are advised to go to the Road Town clinic at Peebles Hospital for treatment.
Turks & Caicos Islands: The extent of the damage on the Turks and Caicos Islands is still sketchy. Internet connection is spotty. Everyone is in clean up mode. Some businesses have resumed at least half day. Many schools will be out for a few weeks minimum as most sustained damage.
At the Harvest Bible Chapel, two of the buildings have minor leakage while the roof in the administration building sustained major damage
On Providenciales, 3 villages sustained more than 85% damage. And on 2 other islands there was over 90% infrastructural damage.
Residents on the 12 islands face a large rebuilding effort.