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Hurricane Dorian | CARICHAM urges Caribbean chambers to mobilise support

Published:Wednesday | September 4, 2019 | 12:09 AM

The Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM) has expressed sympathy to “neighbours, friends and colleagues” in The Bahamas following the loss of lives and livelihoods from the passage of Hurricane Dorian.

“We extend our hearts in solidarity to our colleagues at the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation,” a release from CARICHAM stated.

Hurricane Dorian slammed into The Bahamas on Sunday, wreaking havoc on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands.

Aerial footage that emerged late yesterday showed a mass of devastation in Abaco, trees snapped, houses destroyed and flooded streets a sign of the force of the record-breaking hurricane.

CARICHAM said that the vast damage caused by Hurricane Dorian was heartbreaking and that the tragedy underscored the fact that the effects of climate change are real and that the Caribbean is extremely vulnerable its effects.

“We stand firm with the people of The Bahamas as our network and partners, regionally and globally, are mobilised in the journey to recovery.

“We acknowledge that this will not be a brief undertaking, but we are committed to their advancement through the initiatives of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency,” the group stated.

CARICHAM has encouraged its members to get in contact with their respective chambers to mobilise support.

“Let us continue to work together in support of the affected, as well as for the advancement of our region,” CARICHAM said.