JIS News

Twelve 1,000-gallon water tanks have been donated to residents in Southern Trelawny by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to assist in the post hurricane rehabilitation programme. The donation was made in collaboration with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in the parish.
In an interview with JIS News, Acting Parish Disaster Co-ordinator in Trelawny, Verna Small pointed out that the residents in the southern sections of the parish were the worst affected by Hurricane Ivan.”A lot of the houses on the south side were severely damaged and many areas experienced landslides, which resulted in major road blocks,” she said.
Areas such as Albert Town, Wait-a- bit, Warsop, Highgate Hall and Thompson Town were some of the areas severely damaged, Miss Small added.
She pointed out that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security as well as other support organizations in the parish have been very effective in the relief assistance programme.
“Areas served by the Trelawny branch of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), were the first in the island to have 100 per cent electricity restored to them and no road within the parish is inaccessible,” Miss Small noted.
Water has been restored to most persons, and for those residents of Mendez Town, Troy, Wood Grove and other parts of Southern Trelawny who are still facing challenges, the Parish Council and Rapid Response have been trucking water to them,” she said.
Miss Small encouraged the residents of Trelawny to be more alert and responsive to future hurricane warnings. “Make the necessary preparations, don’t depend on hand-outs. In every situation, exercise independence and try to survive,” she urged.

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