ROME, SEPTEMBER 8 – “In order to face the serious humanitarian situation caused by hurricane Irma, which is now sweeping across large areas of the Caribbean Sea, Italy has wanted to make an immediate contribution,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, who announced today a multilateral emergency fund allocated by the Italian Cooperation service to the International Federation of the Red Cross.
Minister Alfano went on: “300,000 euros will be earmarked to provide assistance to the civilian population, for rescue and relief operations and for preventing the outburst of epidemics in the Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Martin and St. Barthélemy Islands, which have been recently hit by the hurricane.”
Category 5 Hurricane Irma has ripped through the Caribbean, causing deaths, flash foods and flattened landscapes. The storm is expected to continue on to Cuba, where a hurricane warning is in place and tourists are being encouraged to leave, and it could reach Florida by late Saturday.
“Italy stands by all the families of the victims and the people injured,” said Minister Alfano. (@OnuItalia)