Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Jamaica ready to help hurricane-hit Caribbean nations, says Holness

Andrew Holness

Andrew Holness

Jamaica will provide whatever assistance it can to Caribbean nations impacted by major hurricanes that have battered the Eastern Caribbean islands, says Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

"I am in touch with the Prime Ministers from the eastern Caribbean. Our prayers are with them as they seek to recover from these tragedies. Jamaica stands with them in their time of need,” Holness said in a statement posted to Facebook. 

The Category 5 Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica on Monday night and reportedly caused widespread devastation, uprooting trees and ripping off roofs.

However, an ominous silence follows as the country lost all communications.

According to Holness,  he has not had formal communication with Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit since the storm, "However, I have seen some social media posts which were made," he said.

Skerrit, in a Facebook post, amid the ferocious hurricane, stated that his official residence lost its roof in the storm.

Last week, Hurricane Category 5 Irma caused devastation in several islands in the eastern Caribbean including the British and US Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda.

"Jamaica stands ready to assist our Caribbean neighbours. We are calling on the private sector to also assist where possible," Holness said, adding that Jamaica has provided airlift for Jamaicans from St Martin and the British Virgin Islands.

"While the Jamaican government doesn't have any airlift capacity the Government will do what it can. I am urging Jamaicans to continue to be prepared as the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season remains active," the Prime Minister said.

The hurricane season officially ends on November 30.

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