People of the Virgin Islands, I come to you today as I do regularly, to provide updates on progress being made in the areas of security, relief aid and the overall restoration of services across the Territory.
Yesterday we took a massive step in ensuring the security of this Territory as over 100 escaped prisoners from the Balsum Ghut prison were captured. This was as a result of a successful operation executed by the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands Police officers, alongside the British Royal Marines and police, and I am hugely thankful for their tireless efforts to keep us all safe.
Food and aid distribution continues to be our top priority and distribution networks continue to be established to ensure supplies are provided for individuals within our communities. Further details of locations will follow from the National Emergency Operations Centre.
There has also been progress in the area of communications as phone services continue to be restored throughout the Territory. The Telecommunications regulatory commission is working alongside service providers to ensure access throughout the island, including our sister islands. Currently all three cell phone services can be accessed in Road Town.
However, I still know that communications remain limited in some areas and every effort is being made by myself, the Premier, Ministers and District representatives to get information to you in a timely manner.
Teams will be in the communities today to continue the damage and needs assessments. Following this we aim to direct the needs to those most vulnerable, and formulate a sustainable rebuilding plan.
I too will continue my visits to the communities to engage with each of you and provide reassurance that work is being done, and that systems are in place to provide key services and relief.
In fact, today I will be visiting Jost van Dyke. I look forward to talking and listening to as many people as possible on the island.
May you continue to be resilient and united as we work together to build this Territory to something even greater than it was before.
Stay strong, stay resilient, stay united.
May God Bless you and this Territory.
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