UN unlocks US$4 million to help Jamaica and other Caribbean countries impacted by Beryl

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UN unlocks US$4 million to help Jamaica and other Caribbean countries impacted by Beryl

The United Nations has announced that US$4 million will be made available from the Central Emergency Response Fund to kickstart humanitarian operations in Jamaica, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the wake of Hurricane Beryl.

The UN Secretary-General, in coordination with the affected nations, is also considering launching an appeal to address humanitarian needs arising from the impact of the hurricane.

Dennis Zulu, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Jamaica and the UN Secretary-General’s representative in country, on Wednesday 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.

In a media release, the UN Secretary-General said he was deeply dismayed by the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Beryl, the strongest hurricane in history in the Atlantic Ocean during the month of June.