Government Begins Distribution Of Relief Funds

Photo: JIS Photographer Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson (left), presents Horace Allen with a relief cheque, at the Linstead New Testament Church of God, in Commodore, St. Catherine, on July 21. Occasion was a ceremony to commence distribution of the $35 million relief grant for households which were damaged during the recent flood.

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  • The Government has commenced distribution of its $35 million relief grant to  households which were affected by the recent flooding. 
  • Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson and a team from the Ministry, along with local political representatives delivered cheques to 30 persons in the parish of St. Catherine on July 21.
  • Mrs. Robinson also used the occasion to highlight the effects of Climate Change on normal life in Jamaica, and the need for communities to understand their vulnerability and heed warnings from the authority to ensure their safety during emergencies.

The Government has commenced distribution of its $35 million relief grant to  households which were affected by the recent flooding.

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson and a team from the Ministry, along with local political representatives delivered cheques to 30 persons in the parish of St. Catherine on July 21.

Speaking at the ceremony, held at the Linstead New Testament Church of God, in Commodore, the Minister urged the recipients to use the funds wisely, as it is intended to bring them some amount of comfort from the ordeal they experienced.

Mrs. Robinson also used the occasion to highlight the effects of Climate Change on normal life in Jamaica, and the need for communities to understand their vulnerability and heed warnings from the authority to ensure their safety during emergencies.

“Persons will have to be proactive on how and where they choose to build their homes,” Mrs. Robinson told the audience, noting that buildings should not be erected near rivers and gullies.

The Ministry will be issuing advisories on the various locations and time for other flood affected persons to collect their cheques.

The parishes which suffered the worst damage during the two days of heavy rains in May were Clarendon, St. Catherine, St. Ann, St. Mary and St. Thomas.

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