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ANTIGUA BACK TO NORMAL, BARBUDA RELIEF UNDERWAY
Friday 8th September 2017

St. John’s, Antigua, WI (September 8, 2017). The island of Antigua is open for business, as normal activity returned after a brushing from Hurricane Irma.  The V.C. Bird International Airport opened for all flights on Thursday, September 7th and electricity was restored to the capital St. John's and most parts of the island.

Antigua, where the bulk of the tourism industry resides, is the larger and more populous of the two-island state of Antigua and Barbuda. 

On the other hand, Barbuda and its 1,600 residents were severely impacted by the hurricane which passed directly over the small island, resulting in one fatality. Ninety-five per cent of buildings including private properties and government facilities were destroyed or extensively damaged. Barbuda’s hotel infrastructure was also damaged, but with less than 100 hotel rooms the overall effect on tourism as a whole is minimal.
 
The country’s disaster recovery plan swung into full gear today.  To speed-up the relief and rebuilding efforts, the government declared a State of Emergency for Barbuda only, and evacuated some residents on a voluntary basis. At the same time, emergency supplies of bottled water, cots and medicines have been purchased by the government, and planes chartered to fly them in the country.
 
The Government of Venezuela has also made two aircrafts available to transport goods for Barbuda as well as a medical team of 20 doctors and nurses experienced in disasters.   
 
Relief efforts, coordinated by the National Office of Disaster Services along with the Red Cross, have started in earnest with multiple relief flights and vessels landing on Barbuda today.
 
Tourism Minister, Asot. Michael said: “The government will do whatever it takes in the short term to get Barbuda on its feet again. However, the best way to help our islands as we return to normal is for visitors to continue with their vacation plans or make plans to visit us soon to experience at first hand the warmth and hospitality of our people”.
 
Anyone wishing to immediately contribute to the relief effort can do so by sending donations to special accounts set up by the government exclusively for the disaster relief.
 
Deposits locally and international bank wire transfers can be made to: Antigua Commercial Bank.
 
Local deposits can be made to Antigua Commercial Bank: Barbuda Relief and Rebuilding Fund: Account No. 100004717
 
Alternatively contributions can also be made to: Caribbean Union Bank

Local deposits can also be made to Caribbean Union Bank Barbuda Relief & Rebuilding Fund, Account No. 10001372
 

  1. For Iincoming US Dollar Wire Transfers:

56A: Intermediary Bank - Name and Address:
BNY Mellon, New York
SWIFT ID: IRVTUS3N        
ABA #: 021000018
 
57A: Account with Institution – Name and Address
Crown Agents Bank Ltd, Sutton
London
SWIFT ID: CRASGB2L                      
 
59: Beneficiary Customer - Name and Address:
Caribbean Union Bank Ltd
Friars Hill Road, Antigua
SWIFT ID: CUNBAGAG   
Account # 33178101
 
70: Ultimate Beneficiary Customer - Account Name, Number, Address
     100-013-72 GOAB Barbuda Relief & Rebuilding Fund
 

For Euro Dollars Wire Transfers:
56A: Intermediary Bank - Name and Address:
DEUTSCHE BANK AG
SWIFT ID: DEUTDEFF
 
57A: Account With Institution – Name and Address
Crown Agents Bank Ltd, Sutton
London
SWIFT ID: CRASGB2L
 
59: Beneficiary Customer-Name and Address
Caribbean Union Bank Ltd
Friars Hill Road, Antigua
SWIFT ID: CUNBAGAG
Account # 33178401
 
70: Ultimate Beneficiary – Account Name, Number, Address
100-013-72  Barbuda Relief & Rebuilding Fund
 


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