Wednesday 18 September, 2019

WATCH: Holness sends off JDF soldiers ahead of Bahamas relief mission

Prime Minister Andrew Holness greets members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) prior to their departure to hurricane-ravaged Bahamas on Saturday. (PHOTO: Andrew Holness Facebook)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness greets members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) prior to their departure to hurricane-ravaged Bahamas on Saturday. (PHOTO: Andrew Holness Facebook)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Saturday addressed members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) prior to their departure to hurricane-ravaged Bahamas to assist in the recovery effort.

Hurricane Dorian struck the northern part of the archipelago last Sunday, leaving at least 43 people dead.

Jamaica will have a contingent of 120 DART members from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in the Bahamas, who will provide assistance in the distribution of relief supplies; clearing of distribution routes; the re-establishment of power supply, among other things, according to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).

Addressing the soldiers at the Norman Manley International Airport on Saturday afternoon, Holness told them that they were ambassadors who are giving great service to Jamaica and Caribbean neighbours Bahamas. He also encouraged them to also look out for those Jamaicans in Bahamas who need assistance.

The DART will be deployed to the Bahamas for an initial period of 30 days. 

The Royal Canadian Air Force will be airlifting the troops and equipment to the Bahamas.

Holness expressed gratitude to the Government of Canada and Laurie Peters, Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, for their assistance.

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