The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be sending approximately half a million dollars worth of items to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to assist with the recovery efforts, in wake of Hurricane Irma.

The items include food stuff, water, galvanize, plywood and lumber.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves speaking on Thursday on WEFM’s Morning Program said the government is coordinating with three leading supermarkets here (C.K. Greaves, Massy and Randys’) as well as with Coreas Hazells Inc and the East Caribbean Metals/Plastics Industries Limited to purchase these items which will be transported to the BVI via a barge that is currently in Port Kingstown.

He said $50,000 worth of agricultural produce is also being sent to the BVI.

According to Prime Minister Gonsalves the government does not have to pay for the barge which is scheduled to leave here tomorrow September 15, 2017; however it will pay for the fuel for the vessel.

Dr. Gonsalves said persons who are sending personalized packages for family or friends in the BVI should send food and water; not things that persons will not need or which ought not to be sent.

The Prime Minister said Hurricane Irma is one of the most severe disasters in living memory; therefore St. Vincent and the Grenadines has to play a role in providing assistance to the Caribbean islands that suffered severe damage.

Dr. Gonsalves said the National Emergency management Organization (NEMO) is the overall coordinator of this venture of sending relief items to islands adversely affected by the hurricane.

In noted that in addition to the other items mentioned above, NEMO will also be sending articles such as pots, tarpaulin and chainsaws “practical things that people need.”

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