Caritas International dispatches assistance to victims of hurricanes in Caribbean

.- Caritas International, through the offices of Caritas Haiti and Caritas Antilles, has announced it will be sending aid to victims of Hurricanes Dennis and Emily which have ravaged the Caribbean in recent days. Caritas Haiti reported there were a number of deaths and severely injured in the towns of Cayes, Jeremie, Jacmel and Port-au-Prince.  It said food, water and cooking utensils would be distributed to hurricane victims in the region.  Aid for reconstruction of homes will also be made available, as well as seeds to replant fields that were flooded during the storms.

Caritas Antilles reported there were serious injuries sustained on the islands of Granada, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Vincent.  On Trinidad and Tobago close to 40% of the population is without electricity, and on Granada more than 1,600 people are still staying in hurricane shelters.

Caritas International reported that Granada is able to provide some of its own resources for assistance but that international aid has become necessary do to damage caused by Hurricane Emily.

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