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Assistance is being provided for persons in Portland who were affected by Hurricane Dennis, with food packages and blankets being distributed to persons in a number of communities.
Gloria Clarke, Parish Manager for the Portland Office of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security told JIS News that a total of 78 food packages and 48 blankets had been distributed to persons in the Rio Grande area of the parish up to yesterday (July 11).
She said the distribution was being conducted by a welfare committee comprising representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Jamaica Red Cross and the Salvation Army, adding that the communities involved were Berrydale, Grants Level, Fellowship, Comfort Castle and Mill Bank.
Miss Clarke noted that the distribution was proceeding smoothly, and that in addition to handing out the supplies, members of the team were also actively making assessments of losses suffered by victims of the hurricane, as part of the effort to provide additional assistance to affected persons.
She said the assessment exercise was expected to last for another week, to ensure that as many affected persons as possible are recorded, and that affected persons from various communities of the parish were also visiting the Parish Office of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security on Smatt Road in Port Antonio to report the losses and damage they had suffered.