Jamaica has sent a disaster assistance response team to Bahamas following the passage of Hurricane Dorian.

The response team includes a deployed of Jamaica Defence Soldiers who will be assisting with temporary accommodation,  establishment of relief distribution areas,  aid convoy security, clearing of distribution routes, key point protection, security tasks and reestablishment of power supply.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement during a press conference on Thursday. He disclosed that he has spoken with the Bahamian Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis who says the devastation in the affected islands is extensive.

As such, the soldiers have left for the country and will be airlifted along with their equipment into the country.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Disaster Assistance Response Team will be in the country for an initial 30 days. Another team will be sent.

Meanwhile, videos of the devastation in the country are circulating on social media. At least 20 persons have been killed.

Relief efforts are underway in the country as thousands of families have lost their homes and many are still missing.

The widespread flooding has also left many homes submerged.

Aid is reportedly on its way from the United Kingdom, United States and other overseas territories.