TCI receives aid

A Cayman Airways flight left for the Turks and Caicos Islands Thursday loaded with some 24,500 pounds of relief supplies.

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Airport workers load the supplies. Photo: Submitted

These goods comprise a special donation from the government and people of the Cayman Islands to the TCI, a fellow British Overseas Territory that was devastated by Category-4 Hurricane Ike.

The decision to assist was made during Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.

In a Cabinet press briefing, Leader of Government Business D. Kurt Tibbetts said he’d been in contact with TCI Premier Michael Misick, and had told him that Caymanians are praying for all in the TCI.

Mr. Tibbetts also explained that government is working closely with local Cuban-Caymanians to organise hurricane relief supplies for Cuban residents, particularly those in the Isle of Pines with whom, he said, ‘Cayman has strong historical and family connections.’

The LoGB further noted that assistance in the form of trailer homes has been offered to both the Turks and Caicos, and Cuban, governments. Decisions on their allocations are to be confirmed in the near future.

Cabinet Secretary Orrett Connor, Cabinet Office’s Director of Special Projects Tim Hubbell, Hazard Management Cayman Islands Board Member Angela Martins and others arranged the collection and transportation of the goods.

‘Supplies included generators, tarpaulins, non-perishable foods and staple items such as toiletries and baby supplies,’ said Mrs Martins.

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