Jamaica: Flood damaged western Portland toured by MP

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PORT ANTONIO, (JIS): Representations are to be made to various government agencies on behalf of residents of Western Portland, who were affected by the heavy rains last week.

This assurance was given by Member of Parliament for the area, Errol Ennis, after a tour of affected communities on Saturday, November 25.

He noted that heavy equipment had already been engaged to clear blocked roads in some affected areas, adding that urgent attention would be given to those roadways which have either been destroyed or badly damaged.

Mr. Ennis extended sympathy to those affected by the disaster, and appealed to them to report any loss or damage to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), in order to benefit from any assistance to be provided by that entity.

During the tour, the residents gave details of the difficulties they were experiencing in the aftermath of the flooding, which caused widespread damage to roadways and agricultural production.

Also on the tour were officers of the Portland Parish Council and the National Works Agency (NWA).

The tour was carried out in order to provide the touring party with a first hand view at the damage caused by the heavy rainfall. Communities visited included Shrewsbury, Fruitful Vale, Grants Gate and Chatsworth.