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Gov't assisting Jamaicans in Turks and Caicos Islands ahead of Hurricane Irma

Published:Wednesday | September 6, 2017 | 12:46 PM

Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, says the Government is providing assistance to Jamaicans living in the Turks and Caicos Islands as the country braces for Hurricane Irma.

In a post on Twitter this morning, Johnson Smith said Jamaica Honorary Consul in the TCI is in touch with Jamaicans living in the British territory.

She said he has agreed to open a school to be used as a shelter to house the Jamaicans.

Yesterday, Jamaicans living in the TCI appealed to the Government to bring them home before Irma hit.

They also asked for evacuation assistance.

Hurricane Irma has destroyed buildings and caused major flooding on several French island territories in the Caribbean.

The four most solid buildings on Saint Martin, shared by France and the Netherlands, were destroyed.

Significant damage is also being reported in the Dutch section.

The category five hurricane, the highest possible level, has sustained wind speeds reaching 185 miles per hour.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from at-risk areas across the Caribbean. 

 

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