CARICOM joins Japan in mourning flood deaths

Flooded houses in Japan. Photo: ISTOCK

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has expressed deepest condolences to the Government and People of Japan in the face of the tragic loss of life, widespread destruction and continuing suffering wrought by torrential rains and floods in Central and Western Japan.

“The Caribbean Community conveys its heartfelt sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives and the families of the missing. The Community also sympathizes with those displaced by the disaster, ” CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in a message of condolence to Japanese Prime Minister HE Shinzo Abe.

“The Caribbean Community expresses its solidarity with the Government and people of Japan at this moment of national grief, and is confident that the innate strength of the people of Japan will fortify them as the task of recovery and rebuilding begins,” the Secretary-General added.

Japan’s worst floods in three decades have left about 200 deaths and forced millions to evacuate as more than 500 millimeters of rainfall fell between Friday and Saturday alone.

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  1. analy thomas
    July 16, 2018

    We hear a lot of sad news, disaster upon disaster, increased gang violence, public shootings…. I am sorry and sympathize with the victims.
    “more than 500 millimeters of rainfall fell between Friday and Saturday alone” Constant rainfall stole the lives of 200 people. How many of them had plans for the following week? Maybe most of them!
    This is an example of just how we live our lives here on earth, not making plans for an eternal future. Whether we believe or not, agree or not, like it or not, we will ALL bow before the living God.
    He has made the provisions for us ….all we have to do is yield!
    I leave you with this story. Try to read from verse 16 or earlier.
    Luke 12:19-20
    19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
    20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
    Glory to God!

  2. moi moi
    July 16, 2018

    oh my! we feel your pain Japan – we are sorry

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