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Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has instructed the Ministries of Labour and Social Security and Local Government and Environment to expedite investigation of the flooding in Port Maria, St. Mary, so as to ensure that all victims who were affected receive the requisite assistance.
“These investigations should determine whether there are any need for further assistance to those who were already given assistance on an emergency basis, in the immediate aftermath of the flooding,” said Minister of Information and Development, Donald Buchanan, at a post-Cabinet press briefing, held yesterday (November 27) at Jamaica House.
The Minister also announced that the Prime Minster has asked her staff, “to re-examine her schedule of activities for the coming days, in order to facilitate her own visit to the area as early as possible, so that she can have first hand knowledge of exactly what transpired in Port Maria and the extent to which damage has been done”.
According to Mr. Buchanan, the Government would also be assisting with the funeral expenses for Pauline Shalland who died after a mudslide covered her house in Port Antonio last week Friday (November 24).
The Minister also noted that the Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Roger Clarke, has “initiated investigations, from the agricultural side, to find out the extent of dislocation, in St. Mary, St. Ann and Portland, which were severely affected by the flooding”.

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