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The Government and of Trinidad and Tobago along with its corporate sector, have once again, contributed supplies to the Government and People of Saint Lucia, to assist in its post trough recovery efforts.

On Sunday, January 19, 2014, six 40ft containers with relief supplies arrived via the Vieux-Fort Sea Port. Supplies donated included building materials such as galvanize, ply wood, lumber and other essentials which included water tanks, mattresses, food items and water.

Captain Neville Wint, Relief Officer at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management of Trinidad and Tobago says, this contribution was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Government as well as business entities in the Twin Republic. He said,

“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago is indeed pleased that we are able to come to the assistance of our neighbours for the fourth time since the trough on Christmas Eve. We continue to work very closely with Saint Lucia’s National Emergency Management Organization and on their advice determined the areas of need that remain a priority.”

Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony expressed thanks on behalf of the Government and people of Saint Lucia, noting that this is Trinidad and Tobago’s fourth consignment of supplies to Saint Lucia. He told the assembled group,  

“I want to put on record my sincere thanks to the Government and People of Trinidad and Tobago for all their assistance. This response serves as an encouragement to the people of Saint Lucia. The supplies are not simply meeting the physical needs of those affected but also reaffirms the ties that bind us together.

In disasters a country sometimes feel alone, dispossessed and helpless. The psychological impact of the response of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago cannot be understated as it sends a message that the region cares.  This act of kindness strengthens our resolve and our ability to respond to the crisis we face.  “

Hon. Alva Baptiste, Minister for External Affairs, as well as Mr. Andrew George from the National Emergency Management Organization were on hand to receive the supplies.

The supplies have been handed over to NEMO for distribution according to the needs assessment report.
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