Jamaicans stranded in St Maarten to return home

Jamaicans who were stranded in St. Maarten which was affected by Hurricane Irma more than a week ago are scheduled to return home today.

The flight is scheduled to leave at 9 :35 am (Eastern Caribbean time) with the Jamaicans and other CARICOM nationals who were affected by the hurricane.

The airline wil thenl depart Jamaica to St. Marteen at 11:15 am (local time) with supplies from Jamaica.

In an interview with RJR News earlier this week a relative of  a Jamaican family trapped in dire circumstances in St. Marteen spoke about the conditions relayed to her during intermittent calls from her parents and siblings.

Vector control in TCI                                            

Meanwhile, health officials in the Turks and Caicos Islands are carrying out vector control activities in the wake of  an increase in the mosquito population from heavy rains caused by Hurricane Irma. 

 Director of  Environmental Health in the Turks and Caicos, Kenrick Neely, told RJR News that public notice has been issued to residents to play their role in eradicating mosquito breeding sites.


The Ministry of  Health started fogging activities on Monday. According to Neely the situation should be under control next week:


Millions stil without power - Florida and Georgia 

Approximately 1.5 million homes and businesses in Florida and Georgia remain without power after Hurricane Irma.


Florida Power & Light said it was working aggressively to restore power to the 23 percent of  its customers still in the dark.

Company spokesman Rob Gould said the utility has never before had to deal with a storm affecting its entire service territory.

Irma, which ranked as one of  the most powerful Atlantic storms on record before striking the U.S. mainland as a Category 4 hurricane on September 10, killed at least 84 people.

Several hard-hit Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, suffered more than half  the fatalities.

The storm’s death toll grew to at least 33 people in Florida after a woman died of  suspected carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in Palm Beach County.


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