Prime Minister Andrew Holness says after having had a dialogue with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Minnis, Jamaica has deployed an advanced team of disaster response officials to help the hurricane-ravaged islands of the country.
While there are already partner nations on the ground assisting with search and rescue, Prime Minister Holness underscored, Jamaica has the responsibility under the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency for the Northern Caribbean.
During a press conference at Jamaica House Thursday morning, September 5, Mr. Holness said the team – which comprises members of the Jamaica Defence Force – were airlifted earlier in the morning.
In the evening, The Bahamas can expect a full mission of Jamaica’s ‘experienced’ disaster response team, the Prime Minister added:
He further noted that this team consists of those who were a part of the group who went to Dominica to help that country recover from Hurricane Irma in 2017.
‘They are a very well trained, very well experienced disaster assistance and recovery team [and] they will be airlifted for us in partnership with our Canadian friends… airlifting both men and equipment’.
Meanwhile, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Lieutenant General Rocky Meade noted that the team has been given supplies to sustain them for up to a month and prepared to send a Coast Guard vessel with additional supplies for the troops as well as relief supplies for Bahamians.
Twenty people have been confirmed dead from the hurricane and related events.