Published On: Tue, Sep 5th, 2017

Hurricane Irma now strongest category, Dutch Government sends help to the Leeward Islands

Defense Dutch CaribbeanTHE HAGUE - The Caribbean islands of Saint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten will receive assistance from the Dutch Government in preparation for Hurricane Irma. It has become a hurricane of category 5, the strongest category.

Hundreds of Dutch military personnel from Curaçao and Aruba are on their way to the islands. There are also two ships with additional soldiers and auxiliaries, the Zr.Ms. Zeeland and Zr.Ms. Pelican.

Units of the 'Company in the West' (CIDW) and the Curaçao militia join forces. They will be used to map out the damage and help to repair any the infrastructure.

The Zeeland has a helicopter and two fast boats onboard. There is room for one hundred people if partial evacuation of the islands becomes necessary.

The Minister of Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk and a weather impact team from several ministries will contact the representatives of the islands for any new relief requests.

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