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Second humanitarian flight arrives to St. Martin to help Dominican expats

A second Pawa Dominicana Airline flight left on Monday to Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in Sint Maarten with a load of 30,000 of goods to assist Dominican expat victims of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg. Hurricane Irma caused major damage in St. Martin and Sint Maarten in the eastern Caribbean.

The president of Pawa Dominicana, Gary Stone said that the situation in St. Martin is difficult and that hundreds of Dominicans are waiting to be evacuated. He said the island airport is controlled by the Dutch army that has separated people by nationality to expedite the process of leaving the island.

The flight returned with 160 Dominicans, victims of Hurricane Irma. “This gives us energy, happiness and is gratifying,” said Gary Stone. “We know we are doing something good. When you see the afces of the people, and especially of the children, we reaffirm the commitment we have of taking them out of an island that is in crisis. This is not work, it is simply what we had to do,” said Stone, who personally has led the Pawa rescue operation.

The Dominican population in the island is estimated at around 18,000 inhabitants, with 7,000 in the French side, St. Martin, and 11,000 in the Dutch side, Sint Maarten.

PAWA announced it will assist in evacuations from Aruba as of Thursday, 14 September 2017.

Source: DR1, Elnuevodiario

Sep 14, 2017

Category: DR News |

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