The Director General of the Saint Lucia Red Cross, Terencia Gaillard, has said that the organization, through its office in Panama and the sub-office in Trinidad and Tobago, is putting a team together to provide help to the Islands which have been affected by the passage of Hurricane Irma.
“As we speak, our President, Mr. (Hubert ) Pierre is in Trinidad and I know that he will be one of the persons that will be on the ground in Saint Martin or any of the Islands where they figure they will send him,” Gaillard disclosed.
She explained that the Saint Lucia Red Cross will put out an appeal once what is urgently needed by the affected areas is determined.
“It’s no use just coming and buying things and just dropping it and you do not know what is needed. We know food and water and shelter are needed but to get an accurate figure on what is needed, we are putting that together,” the Saint Lucia Red Cross official explained.
According to Gaillard, once the needs of people in the affected Islands are accurately assessed, a list of what is urgently required will be put together and an appeal will be made to members of the public for assistance.
Hurricane Irma has caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean, reducing buildings to rubble and leaving at least 13 people dead.
The small island of Barbuda is said to be “barely habitable”, while officials warn that Saint Martin is almost destroyed, and the death toll is likely to rise.
Irma is a category five hurricane, the highest possible level.
It is currently north of the Dominican Republic, heading towards Turks and Caicos.