TTDF begins relief work in the Bahamas

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. 

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