The Secretary-General of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), HE George Rebelo Chikoti, has expressed deep concern over the devastation caused by Hurricane Beryl. The storm has inflicted extensive damage in Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Jamaica, and is now heading towards Belize and the Yucatan region of Mexico.


Secretary-General Chikoti stands in solidarity with the affected nations and their governments during this crisis. He offers heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims for their loss and hopes for the swift recovery and reconstruction of infrastructure, as well as public and private assets extensively damaged or lost in the wake of Hurricane Beryl.


Commending the rapid response of emergency services, Secretary-General Chikoti acknowledges their efforts in assisting with rescue operations, providing aid, issuing warnings, and ensuring the safe evacuation of people. He also notes the proactive measures taken by regional government authorities in response to this catastrophic event, which underscores the ongoing climate emergency that demands urgent action.


The Secretary-General calls upon the international community to actively support the ongoing disaster response efforts to provide immediate assistance to the affected population on the ground.