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Dutch navy ship arrives in Irma-hit St Maarten with aid

Published:Thursday | September 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM
This September 6 photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in St Maarten. - AP Photo

A second Dutch navy ship has arrived at the shattered island of St Maarten and is "ready to deliver aid to the population in need."

The Dutch navy just tweeted that the Pelikaan ship has moored at the island's capital of Philipsburg to unload vital supplies. Another navy vessel, the Zeeland, already is in the area and has been using an on-board helicopter to assess damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma.

Two military aircraft are being loaded in the Netherlands before flying to the island of Curacao, from where they will fly onward to St Maarten to deliver five days of food and water for the 40,000 population. The aircraft also are bringing 100 more troops to deliver aid, repair infrastructure and restore order.