Trinidad and Tobago will be lending a hand to Hurricane Maria struck, Dominica. The Category 5 weather system tore through the island on Monday night, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt even being affected. He took to social media as the hurricane bore down, saying, “My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding”.
According to a statement from the Office of Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, coordination is at this time taking place under the leadership of the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs.
“It is envisaged that as soon as it is safe, a National Helicopter Services Limited helicopter will be sent to Dominica with Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force personnel,” the statement said. The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard is also preparing to send a supply vessel and to take Defence Force personnel as well as supplies up to Dominica”, it added.
Further information on how citizens can contribute to the aid being sent to the island, will be made available later today.
Strong winds have swept away roofs, the Prime Minister’s being the first, he said. Prime mMinister Skerritt also said he suspected that both air and sea ports would be inoperable for a few days.
Guadeloupe is, at this time, Hurricane Maria’s new target.