Guyana to send rice to Dominica following Tropical Storm

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Minister of State, Joseph Harmon
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Government of Guyana in conjunction with the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will donate a 20 foot container of rice to the Eastern Caribbean Island of Dominica.

The donation comes at a time when Dominica is still in distress mode after the recent passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

Minister of State with responsibility for Disaster Preparedness Management Joseph Harmon made the announcement on Monday during a CDC workshop.

According to a release, the Minister says Guyana’s response is timely since it is based on a “correct needs analysis of what is currently required in the Tropical Storm ravaged country”.

He lamented the fact that there are many countries which when faced with similar natural disasters receive items from their Caribbean counterparts that are “useless”.

This the Minister added must not continue as he indicated that Guyana will not deliver items that cannot be used, or those that are not serviceable. Harmon emphasized that Guyana’s donation is a “measured response, and one which has been made after careful consideration of what is required by Dominica in their time of distress”.

iNews understands that the Minister further announced that within a few days the Civil Defence Commission will make the necessary arrangements and put logistics in place for that container of rice to be delivered to the people of Dominica.

 

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