Gov’t mobilising rapidly to help people in Clarendon post-Beryl

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has told residents in Clarendon who were badly affected by the passage of Hurricane Beryl that the Government is moving rapidly to bring help for them to recover from losses incurred by Hurricane Beryl.

Holness gave the assurance during a tour of Clarendon South Eastern on Saturday with Member of Parliament Pearnel Charles Jr.

The prime minister spoke to residents in Lionel Town, Portland Cottage, Mitchell Town, and Rocky Point.

He indicated that assistance, which the Government intends to bring, cannot only be short term.

Holness said it has to be borne in mind that the hurricane season is expected to be active and, therefore, a mere short-term fix alone to the roofs of houses may not be advisable.

“Apart from the necessary short-term intervention, we have to also think medium term as we deliver relief. There are some things that we’re going to do, particularly as it relates to the reconstruction of roofs. It’s not going to be good enough to just tack on back some zinc onto the roofing.

“We’re going to have to figure out ways to ensure that those roofs, that we do, that they are properly done,” the prime minister said.

He said, too, that the Labour and Social Security Ministry, which is headed by Charles Jr, will play a vital role in the Beryl recovery effort in Clarendon and across the island.

“So, between myself and your Member of Parliament, who happens to be the minister of social security, we will ensure that you have real assistance towards not just the repair of your house, but to have a better structure erected,” Holness told Dornette Lofters, whose house was wrecked during Beryl.

Lofters’ house is now flooded due to subsequent rainfall.

Holness said the damage in Clarendon is severe and requires serious attention.

“The government will therefore be mobilising very rapidly to assist, very rapidly. We are already mobilised. We are already assisting those persons who are in shelters, and I have witnessed the mobilisation of support there.

“The mobilisation to help those persons who are in need, but not in shelters, that has also begun. We will increase the level of support, because as I drove around, it was quite clear that the needs are great. So the instant help with tarpaulins, with water supply, care packages including food and water, is being mobilised,” Holness updated.

He said work is taking place to return potable water to communities in Clarendon within a few days.

The prime minister also assured residents that work is also under way to bring back electricity to communities in the parish.

He called on residents to depend on established information channels, including those operated by the Government and reputable media entities, for updates on plans to assist them to recover from Hurricane Beryl.

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