Canada sends aid

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - World -

A Toronto-based aid or­ga­ni­za­tion has sent four peo­ple to St. Maarten to de­liver sup­plies to those af­fected by Hur­ri­cane Irma.

Rahul Singh, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Global Medic, said four mem­bers of a rapid re­sponse team boarded a Sun­wing res­cue flight from Toronto at about 6:30 a.m. Sun­day and landed in the late morn­ing.

The Sun­wing plane was ex­pected to res­cue stranded tourists from Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

The Global Medic team sent enough hy­giene kits and wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion kits for 1,700 peo­ple, along with wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion units that will be used in public places like hos­pi­tals and schools that can sup­port 2,000 peo­ple a day.

They will also pro­vide St. Maarten’s gov­ern­ment with enough wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion tablets to pu­rify 1,000,000 litres.

Singh says they’ll also be us­ing drones to pro­vide the gov­ern­ment with aerial footage of the dam­age.

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