Trudeau government sends assessment team to Caribbean

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

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the assessment team will look at what humanitarian assistance can be provided to the region.

Among the tools that the government can use is its Disaster Assistance Response Team, made up of members of the military and diplomats.

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

Meantime, a Toronto-based aid organization has sent four people to storm-battered St. Maarten to deliver supplies to those affected by Irma.

Global Medic says its volunteers were flown to the Caribbean country on a Sunwing rescue flight.

St. Maarten was devastated by the hurricane; an estimated 70 per cent of the homes were damaged or destroyed by Irma and four people have died, according to the Dutch government.