Caribbean: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Department for International Development written question – answered on 15th September 2017.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Conservative, The Cotswolds

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) short-term emergency and (b) medium-term reconstruction aid her Department has provided to people affected by Hurricane Irma.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Prime Minister has made available £57 million to support those affected by Hurricane Irma which is being delivered through a co-ordinated response, drawing on expertise from across Government. DFID has sent more than 40 metric tonnes of UK aid to the region including thousands of shelter kits and solar lanterns. More supplies will be arriving throughout the month.

Our top priority is to help with the most urgent needs. But we are also discussing with the governments in the region how best to support them as they begin to get basic services such as health and education running again, and to rebuild their economies and infrastructure.

The Government will continue to do all it can to support those affected. Further details of our work are available on our website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development

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