China offers aid to hurricane-hit Antigua and Barbuda

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-12 21:03:17|Editor: Xiang Bo
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BEIJING, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government has provided humanitarian aid to Antigua and Barbuda, lashed by Hurricane Irma a week ago, China's Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday.

China launched the emergency mechanism to help with disaster relief and reconstruction after the hurricane, the ministry said on its website.

On Sept. 5 local time, Hurricane Irma hit the island of Barbuda, destroying 90 percent of buildings, cutting water and power supplies and leading to many casualties and huge property losses.

Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, said the island of Barbuda was "totally destroyed" and the cost was estimated at billions of dollars.