Panama sent the first cargo of 4 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba and San Martin, hard hit by Hurricane Irma, and began to repatriate Panamanians who were stranded from the Dominican Republic, official sources said.
The director of the National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc), José Donderis, informed that the aid is sent to the islands "with severe damage" and that it intends to send up to 24 tonnes of assistance, donated mainly by the population.
Donderis said gouverment will send toiletries, tents, clothes, water and dry food.
On the other hand, the National Aeronaval Service indicated that today will arrive from the Dominican Republic the first group of 9 Panamanians, evacuated from Tortola Island, which suffered serious damages due to Hurricane Irma.
The Copa Airlines aircraft will be responsible for transferring humanitarian aid and repatriating Panamanians from the airports that are authorized in the Dominican Republic, where they have come from San Martin and the Virgin Islands.
La Fuerza de Tarea Conjunta. A clasificado, distribuido y preparado para enviar más de 170.000 libras de carga a paises en el Caribe pic.twitter.com/86TLGZ5mEL— Jose Donderis (@donderisja) 11 de septiembre de 2017
Se coordina el traslado de asistencia humanitaria para los países afectados por el Huracán Irma pic.twitter.com/EPSMjrclBf— SINAPROC PANAMA (@Sinaproc_Panama) 11 de septiembre de 2017