Jagdeo calls on gov’t to evacuate Guyanese from hurricane-ravaged islands

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday called on the government to evacuate Guyanese from islands hard-hit by Hurricane Irma last week.

In a statement, Jagdeo noted that at his last press conference on Thursday, he had commiserated with the victims and urged the government to render as much help as possible.

“Today, with a better assessment done and more information available, I call upon the Government of Guyana to immediately initiate steps to provide assistance to our Caribbean brothers and sisters and to assist with the evacuation of Guyanese living on the affected islands, who are so desirous of evacuating. The extent of damages is insurmountable with lives lost, buildings flattened and thousands of people without access to water, food and proper shelter.

“Hurricane Irma has practicably reduced some of these islands to ground zero. It is, therefore, incumbent upon the Government of Guyana to take immediate action”, Jagdeo said.


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