Christian Aid Pledges $7 Million for Hurricane Dean Relief

Christian Aid has announced that it will be making nearly $7 million available to local partner organisations in Jamaica and Haiti, following Hurricane Dean.

The funds will support Jamaicans as they continue to re-build after the hurricane.

Christian Aid says it hopes to reach 5,000 families in Jamaica in the worst affected areas of St Thomas, St Catherine and inner city areas of the capital, Kingston.

The organisation said it had already put aside more than $2 million for immediate relief efforts, but Christian Aid's Jamaican partners' rapid assessment teams say more funds are needed.

In Haiti, like Jamaica, hundreds of houses have been destroyed and roads are blocked or damaged.

The country's agriculture sector has also been devastated, according to reports.