Sunday 24 June, 2018

Irma claims life of Trini visiting St Maarten

An image of St Maarten following the passage of Hurricane Irma.

An image of St Maarten following the passage of Hurricane Irma.

The Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs has confirmed that a Trinidad and Tobago national died during the passing of category 5 Hurricane Irma.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Ministry noted that it received information that Milan Salvary died while attempting to relocate from the house she was staying.

Relatives reportedly told Ministry officials that Salvary frequently visited her daughter who lives in St Maarten.

In light of news of her death, the Ministry offered condolences to Salvary’s family and friends on behalf of the Government.

On Monday, the Government announced that it was working to air lift Trinidad and Tobago nationals from St Maarten and the British Virgin Islands.

12 T&T nationals were airlifted from St Maarten yesterday and were reportedly being looked after by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.

Media reports alleged that following Hurricane Irma, chaos erupted in St Maarten with the island on the verge of "civil war" as gangs reportedly looted and robbed foreign nationals.

The information was revealed by some news sources and civilians.

Attempts to remove foreign nationals from the island are ongoing however, is proving to be challenging as the country's airport was severely damaged in the storm.