Thursday 14 December, 2017

Jamaican soldiers in Dominica to combat looting, help in relief effort

A JDF soldier monitors activities in Dominica. (Photo: JDF Facebook)

A JDF soldier monitors activities in Dominica. (Photo: JDF Facebook)

Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) personnel have been deployed to Dominica to provide security and assist in recovery efforts following the passage of the catastrophic Hurricane Maria in that Caribbean island.

In the wake of widespread looting in the aftermath of the hurricane, members of the JDF Disaster Assistance and Response Team (DART) are providing security in the business and commercial district in Roseau.

"In addition to these security operations, the DART team will be assisting with providing relief, recovery and reconstruction services such as light construction, debris clearance and removal, medical care, and coordination and logistics support, among other critical activities," the JDF said.

The category 5 storm hit Dominica on September 18, tearing off roofs, and destroying houses and buildings. It left at least 27 persons dead while authorities up to last week said 27 others are still missing.