CARICOM offers condolences to hurricane victims’ families

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque today offered condolences to the victims of Hurricane Matthew, saying the passage of the storm once again underlines the region’s vulnerability to climate change.

Matthew claimed more than 800 lives in Haiti earlier this week, and also battered the Bahamas before moving to the United States.

“It is with deep sadness that I extend my sympathy and condolences to the families of those who lost their lives during the passage of Hurricane Matthew. I also empathise with the thousands who have lost their homes and property on account of the storm,” LaRocque said in a statement.

Secretary General Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque

The then Tropical Storm Matthew affected Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Dominica, before being upgraded to a hurricane which left a trail of destruction in Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

To date Haiti has been the most seriously affected Caribbean country; in addition to the rising death toll, thousands have been displaced and there is widespread flooding and devastation in parts of the country, raising concern about a resurgence of cholera.

“Moreover, the full scale of fatalities and destruction has not yet been assessed as the isolation of the most affected areas has been exacerbated by the damage of key road and the communications infrastructure,” LaRocque stated, adding that CARICOM is also concerned about reports of extensive damage in The Bahamas.

Bridge between Aquin and Cote de Fer in Haiti, after Hurricane Matthew. Photo: Jacqueline Charles
Bridge between Aquin and Cote de Fer in Haiti, after Hurricane Matthew. Photo: Jacqueline Charles

CARICOM’s response is being led by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which has been working with national relief organisations to assess damage, determine priority needs and provide relief.

“The passage of Matthew underlines once again the vulnerability of Caribbean Small Island Developing and Low Lying Coastal States (SIDS) to the vagaries of climate action and the reversals they bring to sustainable development efforts.

“The early response to the aftermath of Matthew as well as the supportive facility put in place to help resource the required recovery and rebuilding effort also underline the critical importance of the regional institutional frameworks established by the Community, CDEMA and the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) which has already processed payment to two of the affected countries, Barbados and Haiti,” he said.

LaRocque has also been in discussion with the leaders of the affected countries, as well as the executive director of CDEMA, Ronald Jackson.



Source: PR

6 Responses to CARICOM offers condolences to hurricane victims’ families

  1. Etson Yorrick
    Etson Yorrick October 8, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Fu#@%€ condolences people want help

  2. Tony Webster October 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    The Hon. Secretary General, surprisingly, writes in the first person. While I believe the sentiments expressed are entirely genuine, it would have been more appropriate for him to start his contribution, by saying, ” On behalf of all the peoples of the CARICOM family, our peoples and governments, I offer etc”… as he is but an apparatnik of a barely-functioning organization. Hence, no surprise that no amounts are specified for the “aid despatched” . Even CDEMA’s press-release only makes mention of ” helping with damage assessment etc”..and no mention of any tangible relief supplies, when water; water-purification tablets; anti-cholera stuff; shelter, and medicines would obviously be in critical need..

    Excuse me, I need a good SMH.


  3. Nathaniel Samuels October 8, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Well there are international bodies that will get support for Haiti but it always seems that the aid does not get where it should.
    This is the time that we as the Caribbean Community must band together and raise funds for Haiti and we must dispense that aid ourselves.
    We have enough capable people here to make it happen and we should do it for Haiti and not let it fall to others. Yes, we will need the external aid but we must now do it ourselves for our brothers and sisters who are always the ones to suffer.

  4. jrsmith October 9, 2016 at 10:02 am

    What should be a message from the (Caricom ) (Secretary General), all Caricom members has agreed to donate from the group funds which was put in place for these type of emergencies figures in millions ….but thats not there …
    If we all notice in our region all people who is involve with organizations within politics and some corporates ,,,, comes up with the black countries excuse for they failure, blame climate change…..

    Millions was donated to (Haiti) after the earth quake and a documentary shown in London, how most of the financial aid cannot be accounted for and people still living in squalor..


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