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No report of death among Jamaicans in Cuba or Florida, says Johnson Smith

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith says there has been no report of death among the Jamaican population in Cuba and Florida following the passage of Hurricane Ian.

Providing an update in the Senate on Friday morning, Mrs Johnson Smith said the government will help Cuba to recover from the damage.

She said the Jamaican embassy in Havana will continue to check on the 28 scholarship students and approximately 50 self-finance Jamaican students pursuing studies in Cuba.

While one Jamaican student is in the Pinar del Rio region, which was hardest hit by the hurricane, Mrs. Johnson Smith said the student is "in good spirits". 

But she said the Foreign Affairs Ministry remains vigilant in light of the accounts it has received regarding damage to property and infrastructure which has impacted water and electricity. 

Hurricane Ian knocked out power to Cuba's entire population of 11 million people, flattened homes and obliterated agricultural fields.

It also caused widespread destruction in parts of Florida, especially the Fort Myers area.