Govt Evacuates 50 Jamaicans from BVI

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The Jamaican government is evacuating about 50 people from the British Virgin Islands ahead of the impending Hurricane Maria.

The category five storm is expected to cause damage to some islands that were impacted by the devastating Hurricane Irma, last week.

Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, ODPEM, Major Clive Davis, says two air crafts transporting Jamaican nationals from the British Virgin island of Tortola, were expected to land in Jamaica last evening.

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He says a number of Jamaican nationals, impacted by Hurricane Irma, opted not to take advantage of the opportunity to relocate to the country.

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But he says some of them chose to send their children, as schools in the British Virgin Islands, are not expected to re-open soon.

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Major Clive Davis says all of those being evacuated, have identified residence in Jamaica where they will stay, and they won’t be a burden on the state.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.