Jamaica is ready to dispatch the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to be to assist the Bahamas ravaged by Hurricane Dorian.
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Tuesday, September 3, said Prime Minister Andrew Holness has placed the DART on standby to be on the ground in Abaco and Grand Bahama, the two worst-hit areas.
Bahamian authorities said the Hurricane which almost stalled over the archipelago for more than a day said at least five people have been confirmed dead and more than 21 injured.
Prime Minister Holness has been in constant touch with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas Dr. Hubert Minnis who indicated that Bahamian officials are currently doing their assessment. Once the initial assessment is complete Jamaica will be able to assist, the OPM said.
Prime Minister Holness has also offered condolences to the Government and people of the Bahamas on the lives lost as a result of the catastrophic category 5 Hurricane Dorian.
DART, which consists of members of the Jamaica Defence Force, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and other response agencies will help to address issues of need in search, rescue, assessment, and restoration of infrastructure damage, offer relief supplies and assist in rebuilding efforts.
OPM said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been in constant contact with the consulate in the Bahamas and updated on the Jamaican population resident in the Bahamas.