JIS News

Co-ordinated efforts aimed at providing emergency relief assistance to thousands of residents in the parish of Westmoreland, who were affected by Hurricane Ivan days ago, are underway.
At a meeting yesterday (September 14), Members of Parliament (MPs) in the parish and Councillors of the Westmoreland Parish Council, discussed measures to be put in place in the short term, so that the welfare and well-being of those affected can be prioritized.
The meeting, which was held in Savanna-la-Mar, was spearheaded by Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry and Tourism, Dr. Wykeham McNeill and Mayor of Savanna-La-Mar and Chairman of the council, Delford Morgan.
“I am happy to report that light and water have been returned to the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital and while they were still working on an emergency only basis, they will now be able to move forward towards full normalcy,” Dr. McNeill told JIS News.
“There are reports from the National Water Commission that some water supplies will be ‘up and running’ . and hopefully by the end of the day, large parts of Savanna-La-Mar and its surrounding communities will have water. The Deans Valley and Bluefields areas should be up; we are also expecting Bullstrode to be at least 50 per cent on and by tomorrow we are expecting Logwood to come on stream,” he added.
Dr. McNeill reported that due to lack of electricity in some areas, supplies such as Jerusalem Mountain, Friendship, Williams Field and Grange would not be operational for some time.
Meanwhile, Mayor Morgan noted that some roads across the parish were impassable, and that efforts were currently underway to have these cleared in the shortest possible time.
“Assessments are still being carried out to get a more comprehensive picture of all the affected roadways, especially those in Western Westmoreland – Orange Hill, Old Hope to Revival, Old Hope to Salmon Point Beach and the Peggy Barry roads that link Glasgow to Hanover,” he said.
“Other roads located in the Eastern constituency of Westmoreland, such as Kilmarnock to Maranga, Carmel to New Market, Jacks Gate to New Market, Lower Darliston to Upper Orange Hill, as well as one in Central Westmoreland, the Roaring River to Fort William Road, are all impassable at this time,” the Mayor noted.
Dr. McNeill pointed out that assessments would continue, and that the Members of Parliament and the Westmoreland Parish Council would work together to return the parish to some semblance of normality as quickly as possible.

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