Flood-hit St Mary to get assistance from Works Ministry
Orantes Moore, Gleaner Writer
Junior minister in the Transport and Works Ministry, Richard Azan, says most of the funds in his ministry will be diverted to tackling flood-affected districts in St Mary.
He has not stated the figure to be spent.
St Mary is among several eastern parishes that have been badly affected by rains since last weekend.
Yesterday, Azan and a delegation including the state minister for local government and community development Colin Fagan toured several of the affected districts.
These included Annotto Bay, Tryall, Ramble, Free Hill, Jacks River, Castle Gordon and Hamilton Mountain, which Azan described as a major disaster.
Some residents of Hamilton Mountain have been left marooned after a roadway leading to their community was washed away.
Azan says a team will visit the areas today to conduct more assessments to determine the final cost of repairs.
He adds that a footbridge will have to be constructed in the community of Tryall until the emergency work is carried out to protect the bridge in the area.
Meanwhile, senior geologist at the Mines and Geology Division, Canute Ricketts, says the effects of the rain on St Mary may be as a result of the prolonged period of drought.
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