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Britain allocates US$15.7m, sends military vessel to aid Caribbean Irma recovery efforts

Published:Thursday | September 7, 2017 | 1:03 PM
This September 6 photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows a view of St Maarten, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. – AP Photo

The British Government today announced that it will be providing US$15.7 million in aid to Caribbean countries devastated by Hurricane Irma.

In a statement to Parliament, Junior Foreign Minister Alan Duncan said a military vessel will be sent to the region and US$15.7 million in aid has been assigned.

He says the British fleet auxiliary boat RFA Mounts Bay is already in the Caribbean and should reach the affected territories later today.

Duncan also says the Department for International Development and the Foreign Office are on full alert.

He says charter flights stand ready to deliver additional supplies as needed.

Prime Minister Theresa May also held a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, during which they agreed to coordinate their responses to the devastation left by the most powerful storm to hit the region in 10 years.