British troops arrive in Turks and Caicos to assess damage following Hurricane Irma

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The UK military has responded in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma by deploying 700 troops to Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and British Virgin Islands, equipped with Puma helicopters, medical supplies, as well as engineering and communications equipment.

PROVIDENCIALES, TCI — On Monday, a contingent of British troops, in the form of Army and Royal Marine Commandos arrived on Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to conduct initial damage assessments following Hurricane Irma.

According to Commissioner of Police James Smith,they have experts within their ranks to conduct engineering assessments, communications, medical and security needs.

Providenciales airport is now fully open; however, Grand Turk and South Caicos, where a state of emergency has been declared, remains open only to emergency services flights. Some limited food aid was delivered by volunteers to Grand Turk on Monday and it is hoped that a regular commercial supply will be delivered in the very near future, Smith reported.

The utility companies are working to restore power, water and telephone, and some areas saw power returned on Monday.

Smith said that there are sufficient fuel supplies in the British territory, both for vehicles and butane gas tanks.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma has triggered a payout to the TCI government from CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) of US$13,631,865 under its tropical cyclone insurance policy with CCRIF.

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