Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has expressed sadness over the loss of life and destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in the Leeward Islands, while urging Barbadians to keep their brothers and sisters in the region in their prayers.
“Their infrastructural loss is devastating, and we can only imagine the hurt their citizens are experiencing,” the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader said in a statement today.
She pointed out that “though natural disasters have always been a fact of life in human history, one can never get used to the devastation and loss of life they bring.
“The Barbados Labour Party urges all Barbadians to support any official effort, whether organized by Government or a recognized non-governmental organization (NGO) like the Barbados Red Cross, to assist our Caribbean brothers and sisters in need,” she said.
Earlier today another hurricane – Jose – developed in the Atlantic as a category three and is threatening to follow a similar path as Irma through the northern Caribbean.
However, Mottley said “the BLP family prays that those countries will somehow be spared from the full ferocity of yet another cyclone” after Irma, a category 5 storm, wreaked havoc in Barbuda, Saint Martin and the Virgin Islands, resulting in the death of at least ten people, before taking aim at the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas and Florida.