Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, on Friday (February 2), presented relief grants to residents of sections of Portland and St. Mary who were severely affected by floods in January.
Approximately 112 residents in Portland, and 101 residents of St. Mary were identified as needing additional assistance, as they had already received some help when supplies were airlifted to them during the heavy rains.
Speaking at the Ministry’s parish office in Port Antonio, Portland, where cheques were presented to the beneficiaries, the Minister commended them for their patience, and called for “wise” use of the funds.
“Use what you have received to build back normalcy to your lives,” Mrs. Robinson encouraged, explaining that the investigation and assessment of the damage took time to complete, due to the severity of the problem.
She also praised the staff at the parish offices who, despite their own dislocation caused by the floods, responded in a timely manner to reach the public, so that the relief agencies could arrange help.
The Minister said that with the rains continuing, many families and “certain communities” are still at risk, and the residents should stay alert in case they have to take action to protect themselves.