Canada will dispatch a team of military engineers and a naval destroyer to help rebuild parts of Florida devastated two weeks ago by Hurricane Andrew, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announced Monday.
The 90 military engineers will work to restore electrical lines and rebuild hospitals, schools and community centers destroyed by the storm, Mulroney said in a statement.
"We decided to help out with the relief efforts in view of the magnitude of the disaster and as a gesture of goodwill and friendship," said Mulroney's press spokesman, Mark Entwistle.
The destroyer Protecteur will sail in the next few days to Miami, where its crew of 300 will join American relief teams in rebuilding devastated areas, he said.
In addition, Canada's two largest power companies, Ontario Hydro and Hydro Quebec, have offered to send teams of linesmen to Florida to help restore power lines knocked out by the storm.