Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Hurricane Irma: prayers for Barbuda at Southwark Cathedral service

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Sammy Stanley | 17 September, 2017, 15:54

A Canadian plane full of volunteers delivered much-needed supplies this weekend to the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, where efforts are underway to help the country rebuild after Hurricane Irma.

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The Prime Ministers of the British Virgin Islands, Orlando Smith; and the Bahamas, Hubert Minnis; the Foreign Minister of Haiti, Antonio Rodríguez; and a representative of the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands provided updated information on the conditions in their countries.

An animal welfare agency has stepped in to take on the task of caring for the animals left behind.

The Go Fund Me campaign Tyrell started raised more than $3,000 in the first few days; enough to buy supplies and convinced the government to allow access to the island.

Florida Nursing Home's Irma Toll: 6 Dead After AC Knocked Out
Additionally, when the transformer powering the A/C went down, staff set up mobile cooling units and fans to cool the facility. NBC Miami that the building was cool as of Tuesday, but that he returned Wednesday morning to a chaotic, overheated facility.

With 95 percent of the structures on the tiny island of Barbuda destroyed, all 1,800 residents have been evacuated, leaving it uninhabited for the first time in 300 years. Sanders says that's a $250 to $300 million job. Earlier this week, Antiguan and Barbudan Prime Minister Gaston Browne named the President of the islands' Humane Society, Karen Corbin, as coordinator for animal rescue operations.

The Government made the announcement yesterday, adding that it met with members of CARICOM this week and they pledged continued support to the BVI.

Sanders described it as the "most ferocious, cruel and merciless storm" the island had ever experienced.

"We are a small island community - the gross domestic product of Antigua is $US1 billion ($1.2 billion) a year", Sanders explained.

He said: 'We are hopeful that the global community will come to our aid, not because we're begging for something we want, but because we're begging for something that is needed'. However, when the rebuilding is done, it must stand up to any future hurricanes, because he believes "climate change is here to stay". Buildings have to be constructed to stand-up to them, or year after year the countries of the Caribbean and the United States will face huge costs to rebuild after disasters and to cope with humanitarian crises. It's a reality, despite all of the nay-sayers. "We can not cope with our own resources alone".

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