South Africans stuck in the Virgin Islands all safe after Hurrricane Irma

South Africans stuck in the British Virgin Island have appealed for help in the wake of Hurricane Irma that hit the Caribbean and parts of the US last week.

Some South Africans have reportedly lost everything.

Spokesperson for International Relations, Nelson Kgwete, says all the 300 South Africans that were reported to be in the Virgin Islands before the Hurricane hit were all accounted for, according to the British Common Wealth office.

Kgwete says they are unable to send assistance because they do not have diplomatic representation and relations in the Virgin Islands. They solely rely on the neighbouring countries, which at this moment have also been affected and are in need of assistance.

We do not have diplomatic representation in the affected areas.

Nelson Kgwete, Spokesperson for International Relations

We are relying entirely on the support that is provided by the British Common Wealth office which has set up a crisis centre in the Virgin Islands. We are working with them to ensure that all South Africans that have been accounted for are being taken care of and are provided with support.

Nelson Kgwete, Spokesperson for International Relations

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