Prime Minister Andrew Holness today telephoned the leaders of the remaining Caribbean islands affected by Hurricane Matthew to extend heartfelt sympathy.
In a telephone conversation with 1st Vice President of Cuba Miguel Diaz Canel Bermudez, Prime Minister Holness commiserated with the country, especially those who have been severely displaced in the Eastern section of the island because of flooding and damaged homes. “I am deeply saddened by the destruction caused by hurricane Matthew and extend deep sympathy on behalf of the government and people of Jamaica. I also extend best wishes for a speedy recovery from the effects of this terrible storm,” said Mr Holness.
He also spoke to Bahamian Prime Minister The Rt Hon. Perry Christie and pledged the support of government. Mr Christie told the prime minister that assessments of the damage continue.
Prime Minister Holness said as the countries impacted in the Caribbean Region begin their recovery efforts, Jamaica will offer any assistance that may be required. He noted that help is already on the way to Haiti, the worst impacted country, as the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is presently making arrangements to send personnel and supplies to the country this evening.