Press Release


Declaration by the OAS Secretary General on the Impact of Hurricane Sandy

  October 31, 2012

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, is deeply saddened by the loss of life and tremendous damages that have occurred in several Member States following the passage of Hurricane Sandy. He expressed the solidarity and concern of the organization to the peoples of The Bahamas, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, United States and Canada during this very difficult and challenging period.

“The significant number of deaths reported in Haiti, Cuba, and along the East Coast of the United States, particularly in the states of New York and New Jersey, is gravely worrisome,” indicated Secretary General Insulza. He therefore takes this opportunity to extend his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Secretary Insulza said a meeting of the Inter-American Committee for Natural Disaster Reduction will be called to discuss the aid that could be directed to the most affected countries.

The Secretary General noted that, in the case of Haiti, the natural disaster comes not long after the devastating earthquake of January 2010. He went on to affirm the commitment of the OAS to work with the government of Haiti and its Inter-American and international partners to alleviate the suffering of the Haitian people and to mitigate the aftermath of the hurricane, which flooded several regions of the country. “In this post disaster time that Haiti has known too often in the recent years, President Martelly and the people of Haiti can count on the entire solidarity of the states of the Americas,” stated Secretary General Insulza.

The leader of the OAS also assured the government and people of the United States of the organization’s unwavering support and solidarity in responding to one of the most destructive storms that has ever affected the states of New York and New Jersey. “Our prayers and thoughts are firmly with the people in these states,” he said.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.

Reference: E-395/12