Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Oct. 31, 2005: Some 171 students from the Turks and Caicos Islands, who are presently studying at various institutions in Florida, are among the millions of Floridians affected by the deadly Hurricane Wilma, which struck the sunshine state last Monday, Oct. 24.
The islands’ Minister of Education, Dr. Lillian Boyce, was set to meet with the displaced students between Saturday October 29 and this morning, to provide assistance to them.
His visit comes as about 913,000 Florida Power & Light consumers in areas like Fort Lauderdale remain without power a week after the storm. Thousands too remain without water as food commodities and gasoline become scarce. A countywide curfew was in effect 11 p.m. last night to 6 a.m. this morning, Monday, October 31.
The state is home to over half-a-million Caribbean nationals while Broward County alone has over 200,000 West Indian residents, according to the U.S. Census.
Meanwhile, Minister Boyce also urged all Caribbean students studying in Florida to join those in states to form an association “so that there will be a better support and contact system, especially in times like these.” – Hardbeatnews.com