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CARICOM Chairman leads delegation to Haiti, The Bahamas

Posted in: Press Releases | 11 October 2016 | 1535

    Chair of CARICOM, the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica
    Chair of CARICOM, the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica

    A high level delegation will visit Haiti and The Bahamas between October 11 and 13, 2016 to undertake discussions with the leadership of the affected Member States and to confirm additional areas where theCaribbean Community (CARICOM) can provide support.

    The high level mission includes the Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt, Prime Minister of Dominica and Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Executive Director of CDEMA, Mr. Ronald Jackson; Honourable Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture, St Vincent and the Grenadines supported by a technical representative from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Dr. David Farrell, Principal of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH).

    Haiti and The Bahamas have been severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew and are currently undergoing damage assessments. The Rapid Needs Assessment Teams (RNATs) that are being led by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) have commenced assessments in New Providence, Andros Island and Grand Bahama in The Bahamas, while operational support has been provided to the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) in Haiti.

    The preliminary assessments have so far revealed widespread flooding of buildings and major roads; severe damages to houses, schools and health facilities; fallen electrical poles, trees and damage to infrastructure including electricity, water and communication.

    Read more at: CDEMA