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LONDON — The High Commission in London has launched a special Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to assist the island’s recovery from the effects of Hurricane Sandy on October 24.

High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet Assamba, announced the special Hurricane Relief Fund in a letter to the UK Jamaican Community and to friends of Jamaica on November 12.

In her appeal, the High Commissioner said ‘The High Commission's Fund' will go directly to support the national recovery efforts, in keeping with the statement to Parliament by Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller.

The High Commissioner's letter said that although Hurricane Sandy was not a high level hurricane, it caused significant damage to infrastructure, including schools, public health facilities and roadways, as well as severely impacted the agricultural sector, especially in the eastern parishes.

It has been estimated that the damage caused by the hurricane is in the region of more than $2 billion.

“I join with Jamaicans in the UK in expressing deep regret at the loss of life and damage to property across our country. The Fund will assist in a very practical way towards the island’s quick recovery and return to normality. Persons who wish to contribute to the relief efforts are being asked to make monetary donations,” the High Commissioner said.

Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to the Jamaica High Commission Hurricane Relief Fund and sent to the High Commission, 1-2 Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BZ.

Meanwhile, the British Red Cross is providing support valued at £80,000 to both Jamaica and Cuba. The items being sent include 2,000 hygiene parcels and 2,000 buckets to Cuba, and 500 hygiene parcels and 500 cleaning kits to Jamaica.

The British Red Cross in a release said it will also help the Cuban and Jamaican Red Cross with the cost of running their local response programmes.