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High level delegation undertakes mission to Haiti and the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Bridgetown, Barbados, October 10th, 2016 (CDEMA) – A high level delegation will visit Haiti and The Bahamas between October 11 and 13, 2016 to undertake discussions with the leadership of the affected States and to confirm additional areas where the Caribbean Community can provide support. This high level mission includes the Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt, Prime Minister of Dominica and Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community; Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRoque; Executive Director of CDEMA, Mr Ronald Jackson; Honourable Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture, St Vincent and the Grenadines supported by a technical representative from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Dr David Farrell, Principal of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH).

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Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report #9 as of 8:00 pm on October 9th, 2016

Message: Hurricane Matthew, a powerful Category 4 Hurricane which impacted the Bahamas during 4th - 6th October, 2016, has moved out of the North-Western Bahamas. The Government of The Bahamas has discontinued the Hurricane Warning for all parts of the country. The CIMH in its analysis of the system has forecast that Matthew is to become a post-tropical system as it moves to temperate latitudes.

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Hurricane Matthew, the 5th named hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season, formed near the Windward Islands on September 28, 2016. As a Tropical Storm, Matthew impacted Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday September 28, 2016. As a hurricane, it impacted Jamaica and Haiti on Monday, 3rd October, 2016 and The Commonwealth of the Bahamas during 4th - 6th October, 2016.

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CDEMA offers operational support to Civil Protection Directorate in Haiti post Hurricane Matthew

Bridgetown, Barbados, October 8th, 2016 (CDEMA) – Six (6) experts from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) drawn from the CDEMA Coordinating Unit and the Participating States of Saint Lucia and Jamaica are now stationed in Haiti to provide operational support to the Civil Protection Directorate (CPD) in response to the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. The experts are members of the CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST) and will provide support to coordination efforts in Jérémie and Les Cayes, two settlements most affected by Matthew. The team met with the Minister of the Interior and Territorial Communities, Honorable Francois Anick Joseph and Madame Jean Baptiste, Director of the CPD.

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Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report #8 as of 2:00 pm on October 7th, 2016

Message: Hurricane Matthew, a powerful Category 4 Hurricane which impacted the Bahamas over several days, has moved out of the North-Western Bahamas. The Government of The Bahamas has discontinued the Hurricane Warning for all parts of the country. However, forecast models project that the system may loop back to affect the Bahamas sometime in the next few days.

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CDEMA deploys response teams to Haiti and The Bahamas following impact of Hurricane Matthew

Bridgetown, Barbados, October 6th, 2016 (CDEMA) – The islands of The Bahamas and Haiti suffered severe impact from the passage of Hurricane Matthew. In efforts to assist these countries in dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has deployed 2 sets of specialized response teams to Haiti and The Bahamas.

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