Sunday 24 September, 2017

Digicel sends barge with relief supplies to Hurricane affected islands

 Just some of the items loaded onto the barge that Digicel has filled to set sail from Trinidad and Tobago to islands hammered by Irma.

Just some of the items loaded onto the barge that Digicel has filled to set sail from Trinidad and Tobago to islands hammered by Irma.

The Digicel team in Trinidad and Tobago worked feverishly to load a 210 ft. 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 on Sunday night was filled with network equipment, basic food and household item - as well first aid kits - and is expected to reach the islands in three to four days. 

Commenting on the shipment of telecoms equipment and humanitarian aid, Digicel CEO Caribbean and Central America, Vanessa Slowey, said: “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.”

“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,” she said.