The Jamaican government is trying desperately to contact Jamaicans who may be in Haiti.
Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Ken Baugh Thursday told RJR news that contact had been made with some seven or nine Jamaicans and plans were being made for them to be taken back to Jamaica on an Air Jamaica flight.
He says, however, that with new restrictions being placed on flights entering the country, that plan has had to be put on hold.
Dr. Baugh says his ministry has no details on the persons that have so far been contacted and he has no figures as to how many Jamaicans are living in Haiti.
With this limited information to work with Dr. Baugh is making an appeal for relatives of Jamaicans in Haiti to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"The ministry has the names of seven or nine Jamaicans but we don't have any details. What we are making arrangements for is for when Air Jamaica goes across that persons will be going across to make contact with them. And hopefully to bring them home,"
"I would encourage anybody with family members that they are concerned about to call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Families have called in and that is how we got the names, we are maintaining contact with those people here in Jamaica and certainly we are working very closely with Jamaica so that when they go they have space and capacity to bring them back," Dr. Baugh said.
Meanwhile, The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is asking persons with Jamaican relatives in Haiti to call 886-1849.
The team is also trying to get Jamaicans home as soon as possible.