The University of the West Indies (UWI) says it continues to follow the tragic stories of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and impending Hurricane Jose and stands ready to assist recovery efforts.
“On behalf of the UWI community, I express our deep concern for the people of the Caribbean who have borne and continue to bear the brunt of Hurricane Irma as it continues on a path of devastation across the Northern Caribbean with Hurricane Jose following close behind,” Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles said.
“We extend heartfelt condolences to the families and communities that have lost loved ones as a consequence of the storms. We also wish to let our neighbours and friends in the United States know that they are in our thoughts and prayers as they prepare to meet Hurricane Irma.”
Sir Hilary noted that the storms come at a time when Caribbean nations are struggling to regain a forward development trajectory and can ill afford to have their infrastructure and investment opportunities so negatively impacted.
“The images of the destruction wrought on the countries of the Caribbean speak to significant reconstruction and attendant costs,” he said.
“However, despite their desolation, the voices of the people speak to courage, strength, resilience and a determination to move ahead with their lives.”