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  • Two teams, led by Minister of State with responsibility for Works in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Everald Warmington and Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson
  • Relief supplies and food packages were also handed out to residents in the worst affected communities by the Social Security Minister.
  • He said some of the areas severely impacted include Berry Dale, Mill Bank, Comfort Castle, Ginger House, Seaman Valley as well as sections of the town of Port Antonio.

Two teams, led by Minister of State with responsibility for Works in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Everald Warmington and Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, toured sections of Portland affected by recent flood rains, yesterday (April 26).

The tours were conducted to assess the scope of the damage and to determine relief efforts going forward.

Other members of the touring parties were: Permanent Secretary in the Labour and Social Security Ministry, Collette Roberts Risden and representatives from the National Works Agency (NWA).

Relief supplies and food packages were also handed out to residents in the worst affected communities by the Social Security Minister.

In an interview with JIS News, Communication and Customer Services Manager at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, said the adverse weather conditions caused a variety of difficulties in several communities within the parish.

“It’s a combination of siltation, scouring, fallen trees, land slippages and breakaways,” Mr. Shaw said.

He said some of the areas severely impacted include Berry Dale, Mill Bank, Comfort Castle, Ginger House, Seaman Valley as well as sections of the town of Port Antonio.