JIS News

Approximately 100 families from Manchester and 150 from St. Elizabeth who were affected by Hurricanes Dennis and Emily, have received relief supplies from the Welfare Committees of both parishes.
For the past three days, the committees, consisting of personnel from the Ministries of Labour and Social Security, and Health, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the Salvation Army, Red Cross and the Parish Disaster Committees, have supplied flood victims with food, cleaning agents, foam pads, blankets and other needed items.
In communities where roadways are impassable, and water and electricity supplies have been disrupted, the relevant agencies are working assiduously to improve situations.
Water supply has been restored in Manchester, as the Moravia plant has been fixed.
The National Works Agency (NWA) has restored access to damaged sections of the Gutters to Downs and Downs to Alligator Pond main roads, in South Manchester.
However, the Spring Ground to Bull Savannah and Alligator Pond to Milk River main roads are still inaccessible.
In St. Elizabeth, the NWA has cleared the Big Yard to Top Hill and Windsor to Alberdeen main roads. However, the Emmaus to Nain, Pedro Cross to Round Hill and Williamsfield to Fullerswood main roads are still impassable.
The agency is advising motorists travelling from Williamsfield to Fullerswood to use the alternative route through Pondside.
The National Water Commission (NWC) Benlomonds plant in the parish has been restored, while the Little Park and New Forrest plants are scheduled to be restored by Friday, July 22 and Friday, July 29, respectively.
All Jamaica Public Service customers in Manchester and St. Elizabeth have now received their electricity supply.
Teams from the Parish Disaster Committees, the National Works Agency and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security have carried out assessments in both St. Elizabeth and Manchester, and are currently making arrangements to continue the rehabilitation process for both parishes.