Hurricane: Buhari orders evacuation of Nigerian students from Dominican Republic

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate evacuation of Nigerian students from Dominican Republic , currently being ravaged by Hurricane Maria .
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity , Mallam Garba Shehu , confirmed the Presidential order, saying Buhari was moved by the condition of the students .
Many Nigerian students have , in recent times, travelled to the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean to study Medicine , which makes it easier for them to transfer to the United States and Europe for the completion of their medical programmes .
Shehu said the affected students had already been evacuated , but did not say how many.
He stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would handle the evacuation .
The presidential spokesman said the ministry had assigned a senior official who travelled for the purpose of issuing the stranded students temporary travel certificates .
He confirmed that the affected students had since been evacuated to safety.
Shehu added , “The President was deeply touched when he learnt that some of them escaped with nothing but the clothes on them . ”
According to him , the students will be moved to Brazil where they do not need visas for onward journey to Nigeria.
No fewer than 10 people were reported killed as Hurricane Maria , ranked a Category 4 storm, raged through the Caribbean , including parts of the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and high winds as it passed off its east coast last week Thursday.
Hurricane Maria , with sustained winds of up to 250 km per hour , hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday, making it the strongest storm to hit the United States’ territory in nearly 90 years .
Three other hurricanes have ravaged parts of the US and other nearby countries in the last one month .