Friday 3 April, 2020

21 Jamaicans evacuated from Abaco Islands in the Bahamas – Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (file photo)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (file photo)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that 21 Jamaicans have been evacuated from Abaco Islands in The Bahamas, which was hard hit by Hurricane Dorian 10 days ago.

Grand Bahama Island was also hard hit by the slow-moving hurricane which left at least 50 people dead – 42 on the Abaco Islands and eight on Grand Bahama Island.

Holness, who was speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday as Parliament reconvened for its first sitting after the summer recess, said 31 Jamaicans had asked to be evacuated from The Bahamas, and efforts are under way to have the others out.

He said those who have already been removed are being housed by the honorary counsel.

The prime minister reminded that thousands of Jamaicans live and work in The Bahamas. He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has been updated on the situation with Jamaicans in the most impacted areas of the affected country.

He told the House that there has been no report of any death among Jamaicans as a result of Hurricane Dorian’s passage through The Bahamas.

Jamaica continues to stand with our brothers and sisters and Bahamian friends during this testing time,” he said.

Holness said he has been in personal contact with Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, who has expressed that it is an extremely difficult period for the people of The Bahamas.

Meanwhile, Holness also noted that Jamaica is assisting in the relief and reconstruction efforts, and that assessments done to date indicate predominantly humanitarian needs, including safe drinking water, shelter and support for measures to restore power and accessibility to services and communities.

He said Jamaica as a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has responsibility to the North Western Caribbean, which includes Haiti, Belize, The Bahamas and the Turks and Cacois Islands.

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