As airports in the path of Hurricane Irma tentatively reopen, a high-level OECS delegation made preliminary visits to the OECS Member States most affected by the powerful Category 5 storm to assess first-hand the damage and immediate needs of the hurricane-ravaged islands.
Leading the delegation were OECS Chairman and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Allen Chastanet; Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit; Minister of Economic Affairs in Saint Lucia, Hon. Guy Joseph; OECS Director General, Dr. Didacus Jules, and Director of the Saint Lucia National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), Ms. Velda Joseph.