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BVI non-nationals encouraged to leave following Irma if work can’t be found

by: Dominica Vibes News - September 13, 2017
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Non-Nationals of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are being encouraged to leave if they cannot find work following the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

According to the Caribbean News Service on Wednesday September 13, 2017, Vincent Wheatley, the Sister Islands Programme Coordinator in the Deputy Governor’s Office made this suggestion.

Several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals were among other non-BVI nationals housed in a community centre which was stripped of its roofing shingles.

“The building is at risk of being flooded if it rains, as only the woodwork on the roof which was damaged in some areas, are protecting the occupants of the shelters from the elements,” the article says.

About one hundred people remain in shelters on the island, which has a population of three thousand five hundred, a large number of whom are expatriates, information from Wheatley revealed.

A rapid assessment on Virgin Gorda on Tuesday by the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency (CDEMA) team, found that between seventy and eighty percent of the housing stock was destroyed or damaged so badly that they are uninhabitable.

Daily evacuations have been occurring mainly to America and European countries, through helicopter service and a boat service to Puerto Rico.