Jamaica has launched a relief fund to help Caribbean countries which have been battered by Hurricane Irma.

Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, made the disclosure this afternoon as he delivered a statement to the House of Representatives.

He says the Jamaican government will also be sending a ‘specialist team’ to the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In announcing the launch of the Irma relief fund, Mr. McKenzie urged Parliamentarians and Jamaicans to help their Caribbean neighbours.

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The ‘specialist team’, which will be sent to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, will provide relief supplies, logistical support and help evaluate damage Irma caused.

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Minister McKenzie says the Foreign Affairs Ministry has been in contact with the Jamaican community in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

He says plans have been put in place to help Jamaicans in several Caribbean countries which have been affected by Hurricane Irma.

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In the meantime, Mr. McKenzie says Jamaica must learn from the experience of the Caribbean islands which have been impacted by Irma.

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He says it’s time for serious enforcement of mandatory evacuation.

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