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Air service restored to Turks and Caicos as flood recovery efforts start
Published on August 27, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version


Photos: Twitter @cleomie2000

By Caribbean News Now contributor

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Flight operations to and from the Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) resumed as of 8:30 am on Tuesday morning following a two-day interruption of flight services when the airport was forced to suspend operations due to the heavy rain and high winds associated with Tropical Storm Cristobal.

While passengers might experience some delays, all domestic as well as international airline carriers have resumed scheduled services to the TCI. Some airlines have also scheduled additional flights to accommodate their stand-by lists of passengers delayed by the airport closure.

Meanwhile, government committees have been meeting to discuss how the government will tackle the damage, following widespread flooding caused by Cristobal, mainly on the islands of Middle Caicos, North Caicos and Providenciales.

Around 12 inches of rain fell on the TCI over the weekend 23-24 August 2014. Flood water remained several feet deep in places. There has been one confirmed fatality to date.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Cristobal was expected to produce additional rainfall of 1 to 3 inches over the TCI.

Governor Peter Beckingham said, "The images that I have seen, and the brief received from our colleagues who flew over the islands in a US Coast Guard aircraft today, have left us in no doubt of the extensive damage to people's property and possessions."

Government offices with the exception of essential services remain closed on the island of North Caicos on Tuesday while teams arrive on island to commence remedial works.

Although a member of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) did not participate in a new excess rainfall insurance package offered by the facility.

The CCRIF recently announced that just eight of its 16 members have purchased the policy: Anguilla, Haiti, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts-Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and St Lucia

The excess rainfall product was developed by CCRIF and global reinsurer, Swiss Re, and is aimed primarily at extreme high rainfall events of short duration ranging from a few hours to a few days, whether they happen during a hurricane or not. It is independent of the hurricane policy and if both policies are triggered by an event, then both payouts become due.
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