JG - J'can hotel workers in Louisiana safe
J'can hotel workers in Louisiana safe
published: Monday September 26, 2005
SIXTY-THREE Jamaican hotel workers in Louisiana, United States, who were relocated to shelters as a result of Hurricane Rita, are safe.
According to senior director of manpower services in the Ministry of Labour, Barrington Bailey, the 63 workers were initially evacuated to a shelter but were then relocated as the shelter was said to be unsuitable.
The workers, he said, are now at a nearby property in Lake Charles, off the shoreline.
"Up to now (yesterday), the word is that they are all safe," said Mr. Bailey.
In the meantime, he said that 82 workers who are in San Antonio and Dallas, Texas, were not evacuated as they were on higher ground.
Mr. Bailey said that the ministry could not say what will be the fate of the workers in Louisiana as the damage report had not yet been tabulated.
Hurricane Rita, which hit the Gulf Coast early Saturday, toppled trees, sparked fires and swamped Louisiana shoreline towns with storm surges up to 15 feet, requiring daring boat and helicopter rescues of hundreds of people.
This the second time in less than a month that the Ministry's Overseas Employment Programme has been interrupted because of a hurricane.
- Dionne Rose