Caricom stands ready to assist member states

 Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque said he was profoundly saddened by the loss of life in St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Lucia, and the destruction wrought by floods, landslides and high winds in those member states and in Dominica.

In a message of condolence following the severe weather that affected the three Caricom member states, the secretary-general extended sympathy to those who lost loved ones. 

He also gave the assurance that Caricom stood ready to render all possible assistance in the recovery and rebuilding efforts.

“On behalf of the Community, I extend deepest sympathy to those persons who lost loved ones, were injured or displaced or suffered damage to property, and lament the damage to infrastructure as a result of the severe weather. The Community shares the concerns of the families of those who remain missing, and prays that they are found safe and sound.

“The Community’s regional emergency response mechanism has been activated. As the process of recovery and rebuilding begins, I wish to assure those persons who are affected that the Community stands ready to render all possible assistance as the member states seek to rebuild from the destruction,” the Secretary-General said. See Page 16

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