The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has sent hurricane relief supplies to the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten which was battered by Hurricane Irma on August 6th. Irma hit the French/Dutch Island as a Category Five hurricane devastating most of the country and also causing extensive damage to the famous Princess Juliana International Airport.
Two major supermarkets, Massy and C.K Greaves, assisted the government with the supplies, which include bottled water and canned goods.
On Sunday, four WINAIR (Windward Islands Airways International) aircraft; a government owned airline based in St. Maarten left the Argyle International airport with the supplies.
Chief Pilot Michael Awai said he appreciated the gesture from the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines led by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. He said the country was hit hard and appreciated any assistance given, no matter how small. “We have our contribution from St.Vincent , we look forward to other islands next week, I think St. Kitts is going to supply, St.Lucia is also supplying, which means in the next couple days we will be coming back down to the islands,” he said.
Hurricane Irma passed through the northern Leeward islands, US/British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas leaving more than 30 dead, and thousands homeless.