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ODPEM ends collections for Haiti relief

Published:Saturday | November 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), in a release to the media yesterday, said that it has now ended all collections of donated items for Haiti.

"All items received have been packaged, and the final shipment will be dispatched to Haiti on Saturday, November 12, 2016. The vessel is due to arrive in Haiti on Monday, November 14, 2016," the release stated.

"This follows the activity on Sunday, October 30, 2016, when the ODPEM dispatched two 20ft containers of humanitarian relief supplies to Haiti. Both containers arrived in Haiti on Monday, October 31. The containers were packed with items donated by the people of Jamaica and relief supplies from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)/CARICOM. The two containers weighed approximately 18,079kg. They contained non-perishable food items, drinks, personal hygiene products, baby formula, diapers, baby wipes, and household items. The total cost of the items is valued at J$ 8.2 million."

The supplies were delivered with the kind facilitation of Maersk Shipping Line through the World Food Programme and CDEMA.