Update on Barbuda – evacuation and assessment 6

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Over three hundred Barbudans have already been evacuated to Antigua and the evacuation exercise is expected to be completed by midday tomorrow (Fri.).
According to Operations Officer of the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Major Alando Michael, the evacuation will continue throughout the night.
The individuals are being accommodated by family members, members of the public and in shelters, which still have the capacity to house Antiguans who may have to seek refuge for Hurricane Jose, which is now a Category Three.
A four-member assessment team which comprises Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) Philmore Mullin, Structural Engineer Collis King, Chief Health Inspector Lionel Michael and Dr. Steve Richards arrived on the island today via helicopter.
In addition, a 24 member search and rescue team, made up of personnel from the Defence Force, the Fire Department and the EMS arrived by sea. Supplies to include water, food and a generator were also transported. – the end

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