T&T Defence Force (TTDF) personnel have begun their relief operations in the Bahamas.
In a press release issued, this morning, TTDF public affairs officer Lieutenant Sherron Manswell said that the organisation's 100 member team started operations on Monday by meeting with Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Stephen Russell, who is coordinating relief efforts in the islands of the archipelago ravaged by Hurricane Dorian.
On Tuesday, senior officers within the team were airlifted from their base in Nassau, New Providence, to conduct reconnaissance of Grand Bahama Island and determine strategic relief operations for the areas assigned to them.
"Areas of Freeport and East Grand Bahama were highlighted as places where the TTDF Task Force would focus operations for damage assessment and food distribution," Manswell said.
He said that the team would continue to work with NEMA officials to determine where its services are needed.
The TTDF mission was announced last week by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as part of the country's humanitarian response to the natural disaster. The Government has pledged US$500,000 and has also agreed to send engineers from the T&T Electricity Commission (T&TEC) and the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) to help provide technical support on rebuilding the Bahamas' utilities.
The team left Trinidad on Sunday and is expected to stay in the Bahamas for at least 30 days.
- by Derek Achong.