Relief Efforts Begin–Premier Says Via BVI London Office

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Melissa Edwards, Senior Journalist BVI Platinum News

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There has been no statement directly from the Territory’s leader, Premier Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith since the passage of Hurricane Irma; however, through the BVI’s London Office, he has assured that government has began to coordinate humanitarian relief.

In a statement issued via social media today, September 7, Mr. Benito Wheatley, Director of BVI London Office, said that he has spoken to the Premier.

“Following yesterday’s events, I spoke with Premier Dr. Hon. D. Orlando Smith, OBE, who indicated that the government has begun to coordinate humanitarian relief efforts and an initial cleanup operation,” he said.

Wheatley added, “The BVI London Office will remain in contact with the government to receive information as it becomes available. Similarly, the BVI London Office has been in regular contact with the UK government on the current situation.”

Persons have been calling on the Premier to issue a statement on government’s response.

Wheatley said that reports show that the storm hit the Territory directly, and while the full extent of the damage is unknown at this time, it is clear the islands have been severely impacted.

“At present most communications remain down, including mobile phone service and internet access. For the time being, this will make it difficult for those trying to reach the Territory in order to connect with family and friends,” he said.

Further updates will be provided in due course.

The BVI London Office will serve as the BVI’s point of contact in the UK and Europe and can be reached by tele# +44 20 7355 9570 or via email

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the BVI at this difficult time,” he said.

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