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Jamaican hotel workers in Florida and Carolinas evacuated – Labour Ministry

Published:Friday | October 7, 2016 | 10:12 AM
People line up to check into a shelter at Mainland High School ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Daytona Beach, Florida yesterday.

The Labour Ministry says ahead of the storm, Jamaican hotel workers in Florida, North and South Carolina were transported to shelters and, in some cases hotels.

A state of emergency has been declared by the governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

Evacuation orders were also issued in these states.

The Labour Ministry says some workers have elected to stay at their apartments or with family and friends.

The ministry says the Jamaica Central Labour Organisation in the US will continue to monitor the safety and welfare of all workers and will maintain contact with employers and workers during and after the storm.

Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica stands ready to assist in rebuilding the tourist industry in the hurricane-ravaged Haiti, Cuba and The Bahamas.

He has expressed deepest sympathy to the people of Haiti, Cuba and The Bahamas.

The tourism minister, who is overseas on official business, says he is making every effort to reach out to his colleague ministers in the affected countries.