Jamaica to organize relief efforts in Bahamas

 Hurricane Joaquin dumped torrential rains across the eastern and central Bahamas on Friday as a Category 4 storm.
Hurricane Joaquin dumped torrential rains across the eastern and central Bahamas on Friday as a Category 4 storm.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in Jamaica has said it will send a Rapid Needs Assessment Team (RNAT) to the Bahamas on Monday, to organize relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin.

The RNAT will include personnel from the Ministry of Health, Jamaica Defence Force, National Environmental and Planning Agency, National Works Agency, and the ODPEM.

Initial assessments reveal the Bahamas needs basic food supplies and water in areas affected by the hurricane.

Jamaica, with the assistance of the British West Indian Guard Ship, has dispatched 50 tonnes of supplies.

The ODPEM is providing the assistance in keeping with its responsibilities under the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Agency (CDEMA).

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