L-R: Andrea Nicoletti; Emanuel Bourg (CGDIS volunteer); Philippe Hein (CGDIS, volunteer); Gilles Hoffmann, Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action; Steve Mack, CGDIS; Credit: Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action

Following the massive destruction caused by the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian over the Bahamas earlier this month, Luxembourg will be sending two communication experts to assist in relief efforts.

In order to address the aftermath of the hurricane, the EU's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) has requested assistance from the Grand Duchy. In this context, Luxembourg's Minister of the Interior, Taina Bofferding, on the advice of Minister of Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Paulette Lenert, has decided to deploy a team of two communication experts from the "Humanitarian Intervention Team", a specialised intervention group of the Grand-Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps (CGDIS). The team will be responsible for deploying an "emergency.lu" satellite communication transponder in the Bahamas.

The intervention group, in charge of humanitarian missions of the CGDIS, intervenes outside the territory of Luxembourg in the event of serious calamitous events on the orders of the government, either at the request of the country or countries concerned, or as part of international relief efforts.

The two volunteers will depart from Luxembourg today, Tuesday 10 September, for approximately three weeks.