(BVI News) While announcing that multi-agency teams have been established to provide a full picture of the relief and restoration works needed, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said the territory on Monday faced an ‘unprecedented experience’ in having 17 inches of rainfall in less than 17 hours.

He added that, despite widespread damage, there was no need to reopen emergency shelters.

“We are now in the clean-up and recovery phase following the effects of the tropical wave that affected our territory on 7 August, 2017. As you are aware, as much as 17 inches of rain fell in less than 17 hours! This was truly an unprecedented experience for this territory.”

“We are all grateful to God that no lives were lost. As a resilient people, we have been working together non-stop to mitigate the effects of this storm,” Premier Smith said in a press statement.

He continued: “Multi-agency teams including representatives from the BVI Red Cross, Rotary, and other volunteer organisations have been established, and have started to assess the damage so we can have a full picture of the relief and restoration works that is needed. Additionally, work is being done on homes, critical infrastructure, and Government facilities.”

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