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Residents concerned about VI students in Jamaica

- As Hurricane Matthew threatens to hit the island soon
Hurricane Matthew is expected to batter Jamaica and Haiti on Monday October 3, 2016. Photo: abcnews.go.com
Fishermen pull a boat out of the water in Kingston, Jamaica. Photo: AFP/Getty
Fishermen pull a boat out of the water in Kingston, Jamaica. Photo: AFP/Getty
The Facebook post by medical student in Jamaica, LaFayette Hazel. Photo: Facebook
The Facebook post by medical student in Jamaica, LaFayette Hazel. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Several residents are of the opinion that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) should have moved to evacuate locals studying in Jamaica as Hurricane Matthew threatens.

This was the concern shared with this news site by at least five persons, three of whom said they were alerted by one medical student LaFayette Hazel who is among several other Virgin Islanders studying in Jamaica.

“They are scared, they are worried and especially when they see the other countries pulling out their people, their students,” said one concerned resident.

Ms Hazel posted on the BVI Community Board, “You guys I'd just like to say there's a category 4 hurricane passing Jamaica where a bunch of us medical students are studying and when Turks and Caicos sends for their students, the Bahamian government charters a flight for Bahamian students and citizens wishing to return home, and the Trinidad government ensuring that each student is accounted for but the VI government is silent, it makes you wonder how important we are to our country. Pray for our safety and that the hurricane shifts its course please.”

Hazel indicated that since the storm watch, the Jamaica authorities have closed down the campus and “still have us on storm watch just in case, despite the fact that the eye of Hurricane Matthew, so far is expected to pass to the east out over open water. The worst of the storm is to the north and east of it.”

Gov’t should be proactive

This news site reached out to several leaders of government, including Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith and Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn but got no response.

However, in a later update Hazel said, “Guys, just to update you all. The hall that most of us stay on says we should be OK here but if it's bad they may move us. Someone got in touch with a government official so we're waiting to see what happens. We're not expecting to be flown out because we know our country's economic state but it would be nice if someone would've checked in with us to see if we're OK.”

Nevertheless, residents say government should have been pro-active and reached out to its people in Jamaica earlier. “But we are praying that God protects them and all the people of Jamaica too. We are also praying that all the Jamaicans living here in the BVI be comforted that we are praying for you and your families. One family, one Caribbean.”

Hurricane Matthew expected to hit Jamaica & Haiti on Monday

According to weather reports, the most ferocious Atlantic hurricane in almost a decade, Hurricane Matthew, is expected to batter Jamaica and Haiti on Monday October 3, 2016.

The “dangerous” category four hurricane brings up to 150mph winds and the power to cause widespread flooding and destruction. 

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said: “Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Monday night.”

The centre's latest forecasts show that the middle of the hurricane will first hit the southwest coasts of the island nations.

On Sunday, the NHC said: “Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach Jamaica and Haiti this evening.

“Hurricane conditions are expected to reach Jamaica and Haiti on Monday.”

31 Responses to “Residents concerned about VI students in Jamaica”

  • see now (02/10/2016, 12:19) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
    If BVI AIRWAYS was up and flying we could've gotten them out
    • The watchmam (06/10/2016, 07:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      BVI Airways, for a price.

      Really, NDP government should evacuate them, smh.
  • go to the western end (02/10/2016, 12:20) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    JAMAICA WILL ONLY GET RAIN BECAUSE JAH IS WITH US
  • GRANNY (02/10/2016, 12:22) Like (16) Dislike (13) Reply
    The NDP only care about the rich and famous my son.
  • Inquiring Minds (02/10/2016, 12:25) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    Since the NDP airline fail to fly then why they don't charter brathwaite to go for them?
  • mi son (02/10/2016, 12:26) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    does NDP care about you?...remember is not elections yet!
    • ndp paid flights (02/10/2016, 12:37) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      They came in by the plane loads last election from nevis, antigua, UK, america and the rest of the globe.
    • @mii son (02/10/2016, 14:55) Like (37) Dislike (6) Reply
      NDP made it possible for them to become doctors at Gov expense. Cant get any more caring than that.!
      Who would think that these children would be seekingconcern and attention from a Government and strangers when they have so-called parents and relatives. The lack of concern and efforts by their parents is a bigger concern than Matthew in my opinion.
  • Gods Angel (02/10/2016, 13:36) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    People lets get on our knees and repent god is in control he will see us ALL through......
  • Open Minded (02/10/2016, 13:49) Like (29) Dislike (6) Reply
    From what i have gathered the residents are saying once a BVI Islanders are abroad studying and a natural diaster is approaching it is the responsibility of the Government to evacuate their residents? I totally disagree. Keeping in mind not all natural disaters give forewarning. Diasters occur nationwide and if the government is to do what is being ask of them what additional financial debts would they be creating. So when a natural disaster hits tortola where should the government evacuate the residents. I honestly believe that ppl are asking for too much from the government and being close minded to the situation. They need to explore their options and make a difference. You shouldnt have to wait on the government to take simple actions which are personal.
    My best advice is while the residents are waiting for the storm to pass. Ppl of the bvi could be creating care packages to send for them. Many organizations and individual groups and come together and start a care package drive.
  • wize up (02/10/2016, 13:56) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    makes you wonder?
  • hm (02/10/2016, 14:50) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    We don't know who any of you all are... Don't sound like real Tolians.
    • @HM (02/10/2016, 23:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      They are not so young updeislun folks,including Jamaicans whose medical education and housing is being paid for by the VI.
  • Stop. (02/10/2016, 14:57) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    These students are not babies. OMG. They are big intelligent people. They can handle themselves.
  • Topaz (02/10/2016, 15:12) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    There is no need for evacuation. All will be well with the students. I just feel sometimes we blow things out of proportion to much.
  • now (02/10/2016, 15:33) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    If it was my child or if it was my parents,government involvement would not have been an issue not even a thought.
    My parents would have flown me outta there if they felt it necessary long time . I would be in touch with my child and take what action necessary long time. Surrogate parenting by Government would spell shame..Really
  • Socrates (02/10/2016, 15:57) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Did the NDP government drop the ball? Were it caught flat footed? Does it come across as non caring? Should not the students have been moved at least to the west coast at MoBay? Who is at fault? Walwyn and Premier for starters. Did TCI, Bahamas, T&T... etc made the BVI look bad? Are hurricanes very erratic and can change courses at any time? Is a Cat 4 hurricane something to play with? Is the government so broke that it cannot move the students out? How are students feeling seeing other countries pulling out their students? Can we do better than this? Does everyone that the Caribbean is hurricane alley? Should not the BVI have had a plan of action in place that addresses hurricanes approaching a country in which we have students? Should not this have been a SOP? Should not the first order of business life, property......etc? Should our students be crying out for help thru social media? Is this whole story a false alarm with to truth and students were moved to safely to higher ground consistent with a plan?
    • Umm.. (03/10/2016, 09:35) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Perhaps TCI and the Bahamian governments flew out their students because the hurricane is projected to hit their also so they thought it best to be with their families during that time.

      I don't think that our govt had to fly the students out but they should have gotten in contact with them for accountability purposes and to show that they care.
  • jh (02/10/2016, 16:10) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Thats MY BIG SIS! Hehe
  • Wen% (02/10/2016, 16:31) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    First it was the High School students who were used to exaggerate and fabricate.
    Now it is a College student. Is there no depth that the vipers won't slither into just to slander?
    Unbelievable and tragic.
  • Vi (02/10/2016, 17:02) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    The students housing in jamaica is just fine.
  • Just saying (02/10/2016, 19:28) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    I still maintain NDP MUST GO
  • Sugars (02/10/2016, 20:28) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    When I read some of these comments it makes me wonder. A country's number one resources is it's people and they are irreplaceable. Some people didn't even take the time to read the post by the students, where are we going backward or forward. I'm wondering if it's because of the last name why some people are so negative. ..it's too bad your people are your people regardless of the last name
  • Liat 521 (02/10/2016, 22:45) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    If this prediction proves to be accurate that it will not hit JA then we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Saved by the bell.
  • that's a fact (02/10/2016, 22:47) Like (0) Dislike (11) Reply
    The government don't even look after the prisoners abroad that were born here.
    • Wha? (03/10/2016, 09:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Prisoners? When you get yourself in prison, parna, expect anything. Do the crime, serve the time. When you come out, we will see if you can fit yourself in the society. Every man for heself.
  • Bevau (03/10/2016, 09:58) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    They have their hands full and stretching resources looking after the ton loads of the prisoners in our prison, who were not born here and whose parents were not born here too . Cost per man / woman about $30000 per year.
  • uhh (03/10/2016, 10:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am pretty sure there is a British embassy in Jamaica, for all British nationals including British overseas territory citizens.
  • kou (03/10/2016, 11:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mo bay under heavy pressure by gunman atm.Best stay were you are.
  • NHI (04/10/2016, 09:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    a lil late but why take them from there uhh, its all in the training i say when the flood of patients start coming in its the experience that counts, waste of money to move them an send back in same place grow up and stop political drama
  • Really? (05/10/2016, 04:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why are we vi people so dramatic? I do pray for safety for our peeps in Jamaica but come on now man you're in medical school so I'm pretty sure you'll figure it out yourself . It's not rocket science or open heart surgery ms.hazel. We've been teaching our kids from primary school about hurricane safety. That didn't include charter planes


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