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Stranded nationals

Saturday, September 9, 2017

In a bid to locate T&T nationals in the hurricane-affected Caribbean countries, Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs officials are urging nationals and/or their families to make urgent contact with them.

Yesterday, Trinidadian Tim Nagee, who is said to be stranded at a St Maarten resort with partner Charlotte Ramnath, said in a video posted to his Facebook timeline that he was not sure how and when they would be able to leave the island.

“We need to get out because another storm is on its way. The place is in a mess,” Nagee said in his video.

Nagee attempted to describe the situation there now, saying there was severe looting.

“In a matter of hours everything so changed. Staff here at the hotel have all lost their homes and they have brought their families in here and still their really helpful and trying their best,” Nagee said.

Jose is said to be about 435 miles (700 km) east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour (240 kph). The National Hurricane Center advised yesterday that Jose has gained in strength and intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

All information of missing T&T nationals, such as names; dates of birth; Passport bio-data and contact information are to be sent to the ministry via [email protected]

Contact can also be made via telephone at 868-715-2154.

Local individuals and organisations wishing to provide assistance to affected countries should contact the Office of the Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), the coordinating agency, via telephone at emergency number 511 or via email at [email protected]