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Jamaica saddened by widespread flooding in T&T, urges for greater cooperation on climate change

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 1:25 PM
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith

Jamaica's minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade says the widespread flooding in Trinidad and Tobago is another example of the adverse effects of climate change in the Caribbean and urges for greater cooperation among regional countries in advocating for global action and financing.

In a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade today, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, said: “While we are heartened to know that to date there are no reports of loss of life, we are truly saddened to learn of the number of persons affected by the heavy rains and others trapped in their communities by landslides.”

However, she pointed out that “this is yet another example of how the Caribbean is having to grapple with the very real effects of climate change".

"We therefore need to not only stand together in the aftermath of disaster, but to continue to work together and advocate in our regional and multilateral spaces, for strong global action and financing," Johnson Smith continued. 

The foreign affairs minister said Jamaica would "continue to work with its CARICOM colleagues more widely in this regard".

Johnson Smith said she has been in touch with her Trinidadian counterpart and the Jamaican High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago.

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