Persons were located in impassable areas but some were collected and transported by Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force via helicopter in order to reach the pickup point for the flight. Two (2) immigration officers were on hand to screen all returnees.
Trinidad and Tobago has been and continues to be instrumental in search and rescue and medevac of Dominicans as well as Trinidad and Tobago and other CARICOM nationals seeking assistance. Nine (9) medical personnel were sent to Dominica yesterday and they are being hosted by the TDF.
Currently the Ministry of National Security’s Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force has a 56-man team on the ground working feverishly alongside the Government of Dominica and other regional and international military forces and NGOS to bring relief to the people of Dominica and return the country to normalcy.
Colonel Roger Carter who is leading the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force’s contingent of 22 soldiers, 24 sailors and 10 airmen has stated that it is going to be a long journey for them, as Dominica is virtually at a standstill, with all utilities down and most of the roads impassable due to fallen trees and debris.
While food and other household supplies are needed, Col. Carter reiterated the need for the following items which will assist in making the roads passable on the island and render immediate assistance to affected persons:
Chain Saws 36 inch
Chain Saws 24 inch
Gasoline and Diesel Fuel
Food (pre-packaged for immediate distribution)
Medicines for Lifestyle Diseases
Ring Burner Stoves (single)
Sump pumps and hoses (for distributing bulk water)
- Ministry of National Security
* Image from Ministry of National Security shows persons who were evacuated from territories affected by Hurricane Maria arriving at Piarco International Airport.