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... Residents affected by floodwaters to get help

Published:Monday | April 24, 2017 | 4:00 AM
Jacob's Hut near Denbigh in Clarendon on Saturday. Floodwaters damaged a bridge in the community.

Mayor of May Pen Winston Maragh has announced that relief supplies, including food and bedding, are being arranged for persons in the badly affected areas of Clarendon as a result of the flooding on the weekend.

With an estimated 5,000 people affected, the numbers continued to rise yesterday as flooding was reported in Western Park, Bucks Common, Bucks Haven, Denbigh, Manchester Avenue, Alan Street, Mineral Heights, Palmetto Pen, Nineteen Miles, Palmers Cross, Sandy Bay, Milk River, and Bucknor among other areas.

"This afternoon (yesterday), we expect to get a load of mattresses from ODPEM (Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management). Distribution will be done from a centralised location based on reports from councillors and the assessment team, which comprises representatives of the Social Development Commission and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security," said Maragh.

"We have requested 200 mattresses, but that was an initial amount because as we tour the parish, we are seeing more and more persons who have been affected and are in need," the mayor said.

It is estimated that at least 1,000 houses have been flooded in the parish. Maragh reported yesterday that there were houses still under water up to three feet.

- Shanique Samuels