JIS News

Flooding associated with the heavy rainfall in the parish of Trelawny has displaced some 48 families, consisting of more than 140 persons. Parish Disaster Co-ordinator, Diane Hilton, told JIS News that flooding has been occurring in the Wakefield area of Falmouth since November 5.
“The communities affected are Congo Town, Moorefield district and Blist Pastures. From the total number of families affected, just one family is in shelter at the Lord’s Chapel in the Blist Pastures community. The remaining 47 families have sought refuge in the homes of their friends and relatives,” she said.
Ms. Hilton informed that these persons have been receiving relief assistance from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) as well as from the Councillor for the Wakefield Division and Mayor of Falmouth, Johnathan Bartley.
“Persons have been getting foodstuff such as rice, readi-milk, vegetable protein, corn beef and tuna. They are also being provided with toiletries, among other relief items,” she said.
Ms. Hilton mentioned that the representative bodies within the Ministry of Health in the parish have been carrying out educational campaigns, providing valuable information about vector control, water treatment and food safety, to the residents in the area.
“The situation is catastrophic but we are doing everything that we can to assist these people. Assessment was done by the MLSS and the Poor Relief Department and this was sent to our head office in Kingston so we are now awaiting their response,” Ms. Hilton told JIS News.
She noted further that, “our shelter manager reported that the waters are receding but at a very slow pace, so we are hoping that by the end of this week we will see some positive changes”.