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Jamaica dispatching recovery assistance teams to Haiti, Bahamas today

Published:Friday | October 7, 2016 | 10:57 PM
A girl helps her mother to remove mud from her house after Hurricane Matthew flooded their home in Les Cayes, Haiti.

Jamaica is dispatching two teams today to Haiti and The Bahamas to help with initial recovery efforts in those countries.

Jamaica is responsible for The Bahamas and Haiti under the regional disaster response mechanism.

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith told the Senate this morning that the teams being dispatched would include Jamaica Defence Force officials.

She says the JDF has also offered its facilities to be used as a hub for relief efforts to Haiti.

 

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith

Bridges, roads, and entire communities in Haiti were wiped out by flood waters in the south west of Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.

Johnson Smith says The Bahamas has reported significant property damage.

She says the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is coordinating the collection of donations such as tarpaulins, water and non-perishable food items for Haiti.

However, she says cash donations are preferred.

 

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Mark Golding has joined Johnson Smith and Senate President Tom Tavares Finson in urging the public to support relief efforts for Haiti being led by ODPEM.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is to hold talks with the Cuban President, Raul Castro, and the Bahamian Prime Minister, Perry Christie, in relation to the storm recovery process.