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China Harbour gives $13m to Hurricane Sandy relief
November 10, 2012

China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC) has donated J$13 million to assist persons and schools badly affected by Hurricane Sandy. The funds were presented on Friday (November 9) by China Harbour’s General Manager for the Caribbean and Latin American region, Zhongdong Tang to the Director-General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Mr. Ronald Jackson. The contribution will significantly boost ODPEM’s Hurricane Sandy Emergency Relief Fund.

Mr. Tang says the donation is a humanitarian gesture from his company in light of the tremendous damage and dislocation which was suffered by many persons, including the families of some of its own workers and former employees in its project locations near the recently completed Rio Grande Bridge in Portland and the Westmoreland Bridge in St. Mary, where work is ongoing.

“We have been moved by the situation where families are still living in shelters because they are unable to afford repairs to their homes and where children are still unable to attend school because their homes and/or their schools have been badly damaged by the recent hurricane,” Mr. Tang says.

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The China Harbour regional head adds that the contribution reflects the strong bonds of friendship that is shared by the people of China and Jamaica. “In China we know the suffering and inconvenience that accompanies natural disasters and therefore, China Harbour hopes that our gift will help to reduce the distress and disruption to people’s lives caused by the hurricane,” Mr. Tang notes.
China Harbour is the general contractor for the road and bridge building projects that comprise the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP). The projects include the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Works, where the road to the Norman Manley International Airport and Port Royal is being elevated and rock revetments constructed on both the sea and harbour sides to protect the road from inundation and damage by wave action especially during storms and hurricanes.