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Posted: Monday 8 July, 2024 at 12:42 PM

United Nations Pledges Support to Jamaica; $4 million Unlocked for Hurricane Beryl Response in Region

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    Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General – on Hurricane Beryl


    New York, 3 July 2024 - The Secretary-General is deeply dismayed by the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Beryl, the strongest hurricane in history in the Atlantic Ocean during the month of June. The hurricane has already left a trail of destruction in Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and is now battering Jamaica before heading towards Belize and Mexico.


    The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the people and Governments of the nations affected by this disaster. He extends his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a swift recovery to those injured.


    The United Nations has offered its support to the countries of the region. Under the leadership of the Resident Coordinators in the area, the UN is working closely with authorities and our partners to assess and respond to the devastation already inflicted, as well as to prepare in places where Hurricane Beryl is expected to make landfall. The UN is prepositioning teams, with others on standby to deploy as needed.


    Given the wreckage caused by the hurricane, $4 million will be made available from the Central Emergency Response Fund to kickstart humanitarian operations in Grenada, Jamaica and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The Secretary-General, in coordination with the affected nations, is considering launching an appeal to address humanitarian needs arising from the impact of Hurricane Beryl.


    Dennis Zulu, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Jamaica and the UN Secretary-General’s representative in country, today expressed the UN’s readiness to support response, and recovery efforts alongside the Government and other partners.


    “The UN has positioned essential supplies and resources to facilitate a swift and effective response. We are also prepared to deploy technical experts to assist with damage assessments, needs identification, and coordination of humanitarian assistance among international development partners and international NGOs. The UN stands firmly with the people and Government of Jamaica.” Zulu said.  








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