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PM sends condolence message to Dominica

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Seven-year-old Redefine Aristile leaps over a puddle in rain-soaked Montrouis, Haiti ,last Saturday. Erika dissipated early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. In Haiti, one person died in a mudslide just north of Port-au-Prince.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed deepest sympathy, on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, to the government and people of Dominica on the tragic loss of lives, injuries, as well as significant damage to property and public infrastructure throughout the Caribbean Community member State, as a result of the recent torrential rains and high winds associated with Tropical Storm Erika.

"The impact of these heavy rains and flooding once again demonstrates the vulnerability and serious impact of climate change in the Caribbean region," Prime Minister Simpson Miller said in a condolence message to the Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit. Simpson Miller also spoke with Skerrit by telephone.

"Jamaica shares the sense of grief arising from the loss of lives, and anxiety for those that are missing in our sister island. Our prayers remain with the bereaved families, and we ask that God grant them strength and resilience as they face these difficult times," Simpson Miller added.

She assured Skerrit that Jamaica stands in solidarity with the people of Dominica during these challenges, and is ready to assist, in any way possible, with rehabilitation efforts to restore normalcy to the island.