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St. Ann Parish Disaster Coordinator, Alvin Clarke, is appealing to residents who were severely affected by Tropical Storm Gustav, to co-operate with the various assessment teams, as they carry out their work to ensure a speedy response to welfare needs.
“Remember that we are not going to be able to give you back all that you have lost but we will try our best, working with the relevant authorities to make things much more comfortable for you than how it really is right now,” Mr. Clarke said.
When compared to other parishes, Mr. Clarke said, St. Ann was fortunate, as the parish was not as badly affected by the storm.
“However, we experienced damage to several houses. Persons have lost their roofs and we have a number of persons who were flooded out,” he told JIS News, adding that the total figure was not yet confirmed, as the welfare team is currently carrying out assessments.
Pointing to the Welfare Committee, Mr. Clarke said it consisted of representatives from various agencies and organisations, such as the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS), the National Works Agency (NWA), Jamaica Red Cross Society, and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), among othersHe stated that the agricultural sector was badly hit, informing that a preliminary assessment, which was carried out by RADA, showed an estimated loss of some $9 million.
“I know the figure will increase because the assessors were unable to access the Douglas Castle area because of blockage and the Douglas Castle area is a major farming area and a lot of farmers were affected there,” he said, noting that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), was in constant contact with the Parish Welfare Committee, so as to keep abreast of the situation in the parish.
He thanked all the members of the St. Ann Parish Emergency Operation Centre and commended them on a job well done, during the passage of Tropical Storm Gustav.