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Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says that Jamaica has been receiving pledges of support and assistance from Governments and international agencies following the passage of Hurricane Sandy.

“So far, we have had pledges of support from USAID (United States Agency for International Development), the Governments of Japan, Germany and France, as well as the Caribbean Development Bank and the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA),”she said in a statement on Tuesday in the House of Representatives.

The Government of Japan has offered to assist with repairs to the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland, which suffered extensive damage, and the Annotto Bay Hospital in St. Mary, which sustained severe roof damage, the Prime Minister said.

“I also wish to specially thank my sister Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar (of Trinidad and Tobago) for calling immediately after the hurricane and pledging support,” the Prime Minister said.

“We thank all our partners for their concern and assistance,” she added.

Preliminary estimates put the damage to the country from the passage of Hurricane Sandy at approximately $5 billion.

Agriculture was the worst affected sector, with losses and damage estimated at $1.5 billion.