Caribbean 360 reports that the unprecedented disaster in Japan, spawned by the largest earthquake in that country’s recorded history, has sent emotional tremors throughout the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and prompted warnings that the region, like the rest of the world, needs to prepare for potential disasters. See excerpts with a link to the full article below:
In a message to the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago, acting CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite said that people of this region share Japan’s grief over the tragic and escalating loss of life.
“The people of the Caribbean Community are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic and escalating loss of life which continues to be reported in the international media. CARICOM joins the international community in offering its deepest sympathies to the families of those who perished and are missing, and to the thousands of Japanese displaced by the unimaginable effects of this disaster,” she said.
“Tragedies of this magnitude, triggering tsunami warnings across the entire Pacific and numerous other countries, underscore the importance of like-minded states collaborating in the vital area of disaster mitigation and preparedness.” Ambassador Applewhaite said that CARICOM is confident that the country would overcome these trying times with the resilience and courage of the Japanese people.
Officials in several Caribbean states have offered their countries’ condolences and have also been seeking to ensure that their citizens in Japan are safe following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.
[Grenada, for example, which has received help from Japan in the past, said that it is ready to help in any way possible.]
For article on Grenada, see http://www.caribbean360.com/index.php/news/grenada_news/285353.html