T&T helps flood-ravaged St Lucia

By Multimedia Desk

The Office of the Prime Minister today issued a statement, disclosing that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has ordered that emergency supplies be sent to flood-ravaged St Lucia.
The following is the full statement -

The Honourable Kamla Persad Bissessar SC, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, has requested that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) mobilize foodstuff and emergency supplies to be sent to Caricom neighbor St Lucia, which was badly affected by the inclement weather on Christmas Eve.

Mrs. Persad-Bissessar is chairman of Caricom, and lead Prime Minister on security in the region.

The ODPM has items in its National Warehouse as well as five pre-positioned and pre-packed 40 feet containers. Items necessary for immediate mobilization have been placed in these containers and warehouses. With the assistance of the Supermarkets Association, water manufacturers and other key suppliers of emergency goods and services, the ODPM is mobilizing the necessary stuff to be sent to St Lucia in the shortest possible time.

The CEO of ODPM, Dr. Stephen Ramroop has contacted the Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Honourable Philip J Pierre, and received a list of items that were urgently required by the Government and People of Saint Lucia.

The following were requested:

1. Canned Goods

2. Biscuits

3. Infant Formula

4. Water

5. Mattresses

6. Blankets

7. Hygiene Kits

8. Disaster Kits

9. First Aid Kits

10. Any other as necessary

The Government, through the ODPM, has initiated this process and has used one of its five pre-positioned and pre-packed containers to send immediately as well as to source another 40 feet container to send 150 mattresses.

The ODPM has commenced packing of these two 40 feet containers and is expected to be ready to ship to Saint Lucia by 1:00 pm today - on Thursday 26th December 2013.

No requests have come from the other affected islands as yet.

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