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3 aircraft with relief supplies head to BVI, more than 100 Jamaicans to be evacuated

Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 1:49 PM
The roofs of buildings have been extensively damaged in the British Virgin Islands - Contributed

About 125 Jamaicans are set to be evacuated later today and tomorrow from the hurricane-ravaged British Virgin Islands (BVI).

A release from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) this morning says three aircraft left the island with relief supplies for the disaster-stricken BVI.

The ODPEM says the aircraft are to return with about 75 Jamaicans who have been living in BVI.

The aircraft are expected to start arriving between 3 o'clock and 4 o'clock this afternoon.

The disaster management agency says 50 more Jamaicans are to be evacuated tomorrow on the final mission to rescue nationals on the British territory that was decimated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Last week, the government evacuated scores of Jamaicans from the BVI, as well as the Turks and Caicos Islands and St Martin which all sustained major damage from the hurricanes.