Prime Minister Andrew Holness greeted the members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on Saturday as they were leaving to go on their mission to assist in recovery efforts in the hurricane ravaged island Bahamas.
Jamaica will have 120 DART members who are also members of the Jamaica Defence Force assisting in the Bahamas. They will be assisting with relief supply distribution, restoring power supply and clearing the distribution routes, and other things. The Royal Canadian Air Force airlifted the troops and equipment to the Bahamas.
Holness addressed the soldiers before they left, he thanked them for being ambassadors giving great service to Caribbean neighbours Bahamas and Jamaica. He also asked them to check on the Jamaicans who need assistance there.
The Royal Canadian Air Force will airlift the troops and the equipment to the Bahamas. Holness also expressed gratitude for the assistance to the Canadian Government and to Laurie Peters, the Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica.
The (dart) will be assisting in the Bahamas initially for 30 days. At least 43 persons are dead on the island after hurricane Dorian left a trail of devastation there.