- Panama Presidency
Panama began the transfer of Panamanians in territories affected by Hurricane Irma and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Cuba and the Caribbean islands.
A first group of six Panamanian citizens were rescued on Sunday, and another group was transferred on Monday. María Luisa Navarro, Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation, was in charge of receiving five Panamanian citizens who were in the British Virgin Islands and four others who remained on the island of San Martin.
Once the airports of Cuba, affected by the hurricane, are enabled, evacuation will continue.
Después de todo lo vivido, llega el primer grupo de panameños que se encontraba en Isla Tórtola a nuestro país. ¡Bienvenidos! pic.twitter.com/ABWbiRPziL— Juan Carlos Varela (@JC_Varela) September 11, 2017
Through his Twitter account, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela thanked Copa Airlines for its support.
"Today Panama started an unprecedented humanitarian assistance operation, establishing an airlift to send aid," said the president.