Sunday 20 October, 2019

100 T&T troops depart for hurricane-stricken Bahamas

One hundred members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) departed the Piarco International Airport on Sunday for Nassau, Bahamas.

One hundred members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) departed the Piarco International Airport on Sunday for Nassau, Bahamas.

One hundred members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) departed the Piarco International Airport on Sunday for Nassau, Bahamas.

The troops will be on the ground in Bahamas from Sunday as part of Trinidad and Tobago’s relief efforts to Bahamas following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian.

T&T’s Government has also promised $500, 000 USD to assist recovery efforts.

The 100-strong troops, which comprises medics, engineers and other specialist skills, will be in Bahamas for a period of 30 days.

Rescue teams are still trying to reach some Bahamian communities isolated by floodwaters and debris that killed at least 43 people.

Speaking at a media conference on Sunday, National Security Minister Stuart Young said the Government and all citizens stand behind the troops.

The National Security Minister pleaded with the troops to not disappoint, even as he acknowledged that it will be a difficult time.

“The truth is we don’t know what we’re going to face when we land in the Bahamas. You’re going into the unknown and will face situations that you haven’t faced before,” he said.

Minister Young added that the Minister of Foreign Affairs has been in contact with the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Bahamas and at this time, there are no T&T nationals in Bahamas that have been affected by Hurricane Dorian.

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