Tue | Dec 12, 2017

Digicel sends crucial supplies to impacted islands

Published:Tuesday | September 12, 2017 | 12:06 AM
The Digicel team loading the barge to set sail for islands severely battered by Hurricane Irma.

The Digicel team in Trinidad & Tobago is loading a 210-foot barge with crucial supplies to send to countries severely affected by Hurricane Irma.

With the damage to the islands being described as "unprecedented", a massive barge scheduled to set sail for the islands of Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands this week was filled with network equipment, basic food, and household items as well first aid kits - and is expected to reach the islands in three to four days.

Digicel's chief executive officer for Caribbean and Central America, Vanessa Slowey, shared that "with Digicel's response teams on the ground in the affected markets within a couple of hours of the all-clear being given, we have a fleet of engineers working round the clock to restore service. Steady progress is being made."

She added: "Of equal importance is ensuring that the people of the islands get the humanitarian assistance they need. We are committed to helping, and this is just the first shipment of many we will be bringing in. The message here is we are on the ground, we are working tirelessly and we are doing everything humanly possible to restore services and help people."