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LIAT continuing relief to St Vincent, St Lucia after Xmas flooding

Friday, January 24, 2014 | 10:11 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – LIAT is continuing to render assistance to St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Lucia, the two countries most affected by devastating floods last month, the Caribbean airline said Friday.

According to spokesman Desmond Brown, LIAT Cargo recently teamed up with the Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association, as well as the Bryson’s Shipping organisation, to deliver more than 15,000 pounds of relief supplies to both countries.

General Manager of Bryson’s Shipping Nathan Dundas expressed his “profound gratitude” to LIAT for agreeing to facilitate the shipments free of cost.

“LIAT, and specifically LIAT Cargo, was one of the first responders after the deadly floods which also affected Dominica,” he said.

“It is indeed a privilege and a real pleasure for us to be part of this initiative of assisting and highlighting the needs of the people of St Vincent and St Lucia following the unfortunate situation that took place there over the Christmas period with the flooding in those areas.”

Dundas explained that the shipment consisted of water “which remains an essential need” and other critical items such as blankets and sheets which were acquired from many donors and sponsors in Antigua and Barbuda.

Executive Manager of LIAT Cargo and Quikpak, Wilbur Edwards, said that the airline used its dedicated freighter aircraft to make two trips to St Vincent, delivering 8,815 pounds of relief supplies; and one trip to St Lucia, delivering 6,855 pounds.

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