Irma could cause US$1B in dam­age Sol­diers ready for mercy mis­sion

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HAMIL­TON – A de­tach­ment of Royal Bermuda Reg­i­ment sol­diers is ready­ing for a mercy mis­sion to hur­ri­cane-dev­as­tated UK Over­seas Ter­ri­to­ries in the Caribbean.

Dis­as­ter re­cov­ery ex­perts from the RBR’S Gun and As­sault Pioneers, as well as Spe­cial con­sta­bles, will join Bermuda Po­lice ser­vice of­fi­cers and fly out to a stag­ing post in Bar­ba­dos as soon as air trans­port can be ar­ranged.

Gov­er­nor John Rankin and Deputy Gov­er­nor Ginny Fer­son sur­veyed prepa­ra­tions at Warwick Camp yes­ter­day, where a team of 28 sol­diers with two of­fi­cers packed away for what Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Ma­jor Corey Smal­ley de­scribed as spe­cial­ist post-hur­ri­cane re­lief.

Rankin said he was proud to see Bermuda’s vol­un­teers headed to join the UK ef­fort, which has about 700 troops on the ground at present with some 50 po­lice.

They em­bed with the 24 Com­mando En­gi­neer Reg­i­ment, sol­diers from the Bri­tish Army’s Royal En­gi­neers who sup­port the elite Royal Marines 3 Com­mando. The Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, one of Bermuda’s fel­low UK Over­seas Ter­ri­to­ries, lead­ing a del­e­ga­tion that vis­ited the is­lands bat­tered by the Cat­e­gory 5 storm last week.

“It is still too early to say but clearly if you have [a group of] coun­tries like the BVI you have got to be talk­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of US dol­lars, if not or close to a bil­lion dol­lars or more,” he added.

CARICOM Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ir­win la Rocque, who was part of the del­e­ga­tion, de­scribed Irma as a “nu­clear hur­ri­cane”.

“When it shook Tor­tola as a Cat­e­gory five and you have heard it be­ing de­scribed as a nu­clear hur­ri­cane, I now un­der­stand what they meant . . . The dam­age is just over­whelm­ing.” (CMC)

(The Royal Gazette) BERMUDAN REG­I­MENT prepa­ra­tion for de­ploy­ment in the Eastern Caribbean.

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