CDEMA steps up Hurricane Relief Effort

caricom flagRelief efforts for the countries affected by Hurricane Irma in the eastern Caribbean have been stepped up following the passage of Hurricane Jose out of the area.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) advance team,  is operating out of its staging post in Antigua, which was largely unaffected by the hurricanes.

The advance team, consisting of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU), Rapid Needs Assessment Team (RNAT), CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST), and the CARICOM Disaster Assessment Coordination team, have been deployed to the British Virgin Islands cdema-tradewinds2and Anguilla, having been into Barbuda late last week. Barbuda, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands suffered serious damage by Hurricane Irma. CDEMA’s Rapid Assessment team, from its staging post in Jamaica, is scheduled to arrive in the Turks and Caicos Islands later today, Sunday 10 September. The Agency has also been in contact with Haiti which has also suffered damage during the passage of Hurricane Irma.

Latest information from the Governor of the British Virgin Islands indicates that five people have been confirmed dead.  Barbuda, Anguilla and Haiti each suffered one fatality. Eleven deaths have also been reported in the French territories of St Barthelemy and St Martin as well as the Dutch territory of Sint Maarten.

CARICOM Heads of Government meet on Hurricane situation

Heads1Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met in special emergency session today, Saturday 10 September to receive an update on the effects of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Jose on the Region and progress on the co-ordinated response to provide relief for those affected.

The meeting, presided over by CARICOM Chairman, Dr the Rt Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, received a full briefing on the situation from representatives of the affected countries, the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency (CDEMA), the Community’s lead agency for disaster response, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and regional institutions.

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Chef-de-Cabinet Charmaine Atkinson-Jordan at the meeting

Premier of the British Virgin Islands, (BVI) the Honourable Dr Orlando Smith, the Prime Minister of The Bahamas the Honourable Dr Hubert Minnis, the Foreign Minister of Haiti, the Honourable Antonio Rodrigues and a representative of the Turks and Caicos Government provided the latest information on their countries. Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt provided information on the situation on the island of St Maarten where a significant number of CARICOM nationals are currently located and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Honourable Allen Chastenet alerted the meeting to the situation in St Kitts and Nevis. (more…)

Jamaica Government Assessing Irma Damage- Checking on Jamaicans

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Prime Minister Mr. Andrew Holness of Jamaica

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has been making contact with his colleague Prime Ministers across the Caribbean who have been affected by Hurricane Irma.

Prime Minister Holness in expressing concern about the damage says “this is a period of assessment and planning to ascertain what Jamaica can do to assist our Caribbean brothers and sisters who have been significantly impacted by the most powerful hurricane to have emerged in the Atlantic Ocean”.

The prime minister has been advised by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith that inquiries have been made in relation to the welfare of Jamaicans on the affected islands.

Read full story:  Jamaica Information Service

Antigua/Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Kitts/Nevis to get payout from Regional Facility CCRIFF, following Hurricane Irma

10th Anniversary_Rotator slide banners.cdrGrand Cayman, Cayman Islands, September 8, 2017 – CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) will be making payouts totalling approximately US$15.6 million (EC$42 million) to the Governments of Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Kitts & Nevis as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irma which triggered payments on these countries’ Tropical Cyclone policies. Preliminary calculations of the payouts for each country are:

Antigua & Barbuda US$ 6,794,875 EC$ 18,346,163
Anguilla US$ 6,529,100 EC$ 17,628,570
St. Kitts & Nevis US$ 2,294,603 EC$ 6,195,428
Total US$ 15,618,578 EC$ 42,170,161

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