More Dutch Marines to St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG--Hurricane Irma has surpassed the islands of Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten. Immediately after the passage, Dutch soldiers carried out assessments (voetpatrouilles) on all three islands and made the maritime NH-90 helicopter of Zr.Ms. Zeeland a reconnaissance mission to see where the need is highest.
 
The Islands of Saba and Statia have been hit by Irma, but the damage seems to be more on St. Maarten. St. Maarten has been severely hit by the hurricane and there's barely electricity and running water. The Island's infrastructure is in bad shape: the airport and port are inaccessible. These supply routes are crucial in providing emergency humanitarian aid.
 
On Thursday evening, Dutch marines and army forces are going to work to restore the infrastructure and make sure that there is public order. The Naval zr. Ms. Hewes. Zeeland and zr. Ms. Hewes. Pelican is now nearby and providing assistance to operations on the land. They can provide extra people, vehicles, supplies and drinking water for the population.
 
Communication between government and its people are down as most cell sites are down including radio stations on St. Maarten.
 

Police St. Maarten ready for aftermath hurricane Maria

PHILIPSBURG--As the island is awaiting the passing of hurricane Maria out of the area, the public needs to be aware of the fact that the Sint Maarten Police Force, the Marines, together with the other law enforcement organizations on the island, will enforce a zero-tolerance policy related to the curfew, according to a police press release issued on Tuesday.

Orkaan Maria bij Bovenwindse eilanden

Momenteel (17.00 uur Nederlandse tijd) kondigt orkaan Maria zich al aan op de eilanden. Het regent en het begint te waaien. Maria beweegt boven de Atlantische Oceaan naar het westen en ontwikkelt zich tot een orkaan in de categorie 5 (dezelfde categorie als Irma).

Curfew goes in effect on St. Maarten for hurricane Maria on Monday at 7 PM

PHILIPSBURG - Prime Minister William Marlin together with the Emergency Operation center (EOC) makes it known as of Monday evening, September 18th at 7 PM a CURFEW will go in to effect until the passing of the Hurricane Maria and a damage assessment has been completed.
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