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WEATHER | Jamaica stands ready to assist island’s impacted by hurricanes

Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sep. 19, CMC  – Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness says his administration will provide whatever assistance it can by countries in the Eastern Caribbean that have been battered by hurricanes.

holnessss“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,” said Holness on Tuesday.

Late Monday Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category five storm, battered Dominican, uprooting trees and ripping off roofs.

Holness said that while he has had no formal communication the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, he had seen posts made on social media.

Last week, Hurricane Irma, also a Category five system devastated several islands, including Barbuda, St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands.

“Jamaica stands ready to assist our Caribbean neighbours. We are calling on the private sector to also assist where possible,” Holness said.

He added that Jamaica has provided airlift for Jamaicans from St Maarten and the British Virgin Islands.

He also urged Jamaicans to continue to be prepared as the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season remains active.

The hurricane season officially ends on November 30.