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Federal government sends team to determine how Canada can help hurricane victims

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Sep 11th, 2017

Houses are seen on September 8, 2017 in Codrington, Antigua and Barbuda, devastated by Hurricane Irma. 
Hurricane Irma on Thursday slashed its way through the Caribbean towards the United States, transforming tropical island paradises into scenes of death and ruin. / AFP PHOTO / Gemma HANDY        (Photo credit should read GEMMA HANDY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Canadian government is sending a team to the Caribbean to determine what help Canada can provide to victims of hurricane Irma.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the assessment team is headed for Antigua.

He says the team will look at what humanitarian assistance can be provided to the region.

Among the tools the government can use is its Disaster Assistance Response Team, made up of members of the military and civilians from Global Affairs Canada.

The DART can go to anywhere in the world on short notice to provide humanitarian assistance.

There were calls on the weekend for Canada to do more to help some of the Canadian citizens who were caught up in Irma’s wrath.

Nearly 300 Canadians have asked for assistance, Global Affairs said Sunday.

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