CARICOM extends sympathy to Japan

More than two weeks after Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan, killing at least 80 people, the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is extending its sympathy to the Asian country.

 A man uses a shovel to scoop mud in a neighbourhood devastated by Typhoon Hagibis, Oct. 15, 2019, in Nagano, Japan. (Photo: news.yahoo.com)
A man uses a shovel to scoop mud in a neighbourhood devastated by Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, Japan. (Photo: news.yahoo.com)

Hagibis made landfall on October 12 after rapid intensification with 10-minute sustained winds of 195 kilometres per hour and caused widespread damage.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque, in a message of condolence to the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said the 15-member grouping sympathises with  “those who lost loved ones due to the deadly storm which was the worst to hit the Kanto Region in more than 60 years.”

“It is our hope that the injured would make a full and speedy recovery.”

— Irwin LaRocque, CARICOM Secretary-General

“It is our hope that the injured would make a full and speedy recovery and that those who are missing are accounted for,” the Secretary-General added.

He said he had noted the “considerable damage done by this Super Typhoon to property and infrastructure, underlines the threat posed by the increased intensity of storms, an alarming aspect of climate change.”

“The Community is confident that the resilience and determination of the Japanese people will allow the society to recover from this disaster as those affected rebuild their lives and the areas of the country devastated by the Typhoon are restored,” LaRocque said.