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  • Some 5,792 persons in Portland who were affected by Hurricane Ivan, which hit the island on September 10, have registered with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for government's assistance.
  • In an interview with JIS News, Marie Stampp, Public Assistance Administrator at the Portland office of the Ministry, said that the number included persons from a wide cross section of communities across the parish.
  • She pointed out that a detailed assessment exercise was being carried out by members of staff at the office to ensure that the damage and losses reported were authentic.

Some 5,792 persons in Portland who were affected by Hurricane Ivan, which hit the island on September 10, have registered with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for government’s assistance.

In an interview with JIS News, Marie Stampp, Public Assistance Administrator at the Portland office of the Ministry, said that the number included persons from a wide cross section of communities across the parish.

She pointed out that a detailed assessment exercise was being carried out by members of staff at the office to ensure that the damage and losses reported were authentic.

Mrs. Stampp said the list of persons registered would be sent to the Ministry for further assessment, before being sent to the Office of National Reconstruction (ONR) for processing.

She said her office has been receiving well needed support from a number of organisations in the parish to carry out the exercise, including the Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA), the Portland Chapter of the Jamaica Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Mrs. Stampp expressed appreciation for the co-operation the affected persons have been giving the assessment officers.

She explained that most of the reports registered related to dislocated roofs or other damage to houses.

Reports submitted by farmers are passed on to the Portland Office of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) for its attention, she added.