(As supplied by the Jamaican High Commission to Canada in Ottawa)

Further to prior communication from this Mission regarding the passage of Hurricane Beryl, the High Commission now provides a preliminary update on the situation in Jamaica. As you are aware, Hurricane Beryl passed over Jamaica on Wednesday, 3rd July 2024, as a Category 4 hurricane. Immediately following the passage of the system, the Government of Jamaica has embarked on a comprehensive assessment of the entire island to determine the extent and magnitude of the damages incurred. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is leading this effort and is in the process of compiling a comprehensive report, including a “Needs List” which we will be widely disseminated once received.

Based on preliminary reports, regrettably, two lives have been claimed, and the southern parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth deemed as being most adversely affected, with extensive damage to housing infrastructure (mainly roofing); farms and agricultural lands; road infrastructure in some areas caused from landslides, flooding; downed power lines and trees, as well as the coastline. The relevant government entities; utilities companies and telecommunication providers have been working assiduously to restore services to persons and areas affected as quickly as possible. We recognize the anxiety and concern many of you may be experiencing exacerbated by the distressing connectivity challenges. As a consequence, we have established a dedicated emergency hotline number 613-415-4671. Please be aware that our ability to provide information will be based on what we receive from official sources.

ODPEM has indicated a preference for monetary donations to expedite the response efforts.

The High Commission and the Consulate-General of Jamaica at Toronto extend sincere appreciation to the Diaspora community as well as our international partners, including the Government of Canada, and other humanitarian relief organizations for the outpouring of solidarity and generous offers of support as we seek to respond and offer assistance to those impacted. Your patience and solidarity during this challenging time are deeply appreciated.


PACE Canada is accepting donations to the relief effort.

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