CARICOM Ready to Assist in Post-Irma Recovery Efforts
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) | Chairman of the 15 member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell says the regional body is ready to help in recovery efforts which are being coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
In a statement on Thursday, Mitchell also expressed sorrow at the deaths caused by the powerful storm.
“This massive storm has already claimed lives in many of the countries and has inflicted severe damage to infrastructure in the affected islands. I extend condolences to the family of the deceased and to the Governments and Peoples of the countries. It is almost impossible to assess the human cost of disasters such as these,” Mitchell said.
The Grenadian Prime Minister said he has been kept abreast of the situation through discussions with CARICOM Secretary- General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the Executive Director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson.
He added that he has been in contact with leaders of most of the member states already affected by the Hurricane, – Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, Dr Timothy Harris, – Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis and the Chief Minister of Anguilla, Victor Banks. The Chairman has also been in contact with the Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastenet who is also the Lead Head of Government for Sustainable Development including Disaster Management in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet.
“We hope and pray that the countries in the predicted path of the hurricane, Turks and Caicos Islands, The Bahamas and Haiti are spared its worst effects,” Mitchell said.