Many people left the island in the days after the hurricane. This is still going on as we speak
The people who left the island are generally more wealthy. This causes a serious and immediate economic drain to the island as tourism is not underway yet.
Currently, Sint Maarten is in the 1st phase of recovery: cleaning roads, restoring infrastructure, restoring houses, etc.
As soon the 1st phase is concluded, Sint Maarten will drift into a serious and critical 2nd phase of the effects of the disaster: everybody has a roof over his head again, but the economy is almost fully stalled. No jobs, no income for the foreseeable future.
Let us take care of avoiding the disastrous effects of phase 2
This is where the National Recovery Plan can create work, income and prosperity and hope for restoring the island to a better shape it was before hurricane Irma
That is why the careful planning of a sustainable recovery plan and execution thereof is of vital importance. This has to be considered very quickly and also can serve as the basis for financial aid from the Kingdom