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Help coming for those affected by Mavis Bank blaze

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2015 | 9:10 AM

Help is coming for persons who have lost homes and livelihoods in the fire which has been ravaging sections of East Rural St Andrew for the last two weeks.

Speaking in parliament yesterday afternoon, Agriculture Minister, Derrick Kellier said the government will assist with rebuilding the homes which have been lost in the blaze.

He says the government has been assisting residents in the affected communities with items such as blankets and bedding.


Agriculture Minister, Derrick Kellier

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for the area Damion Crawford says the Water, Environment and Climate Change Ministry has already committed to replanting the slopes of the hillsides affected by the fire.


MP for East Rural St. Andrew, Damion Crawford

Crawford says the health ministry will also treat persons in the constituency for smoke inhalation.

He says he has been having conversations with the Security Ministry with a view to having more soldiers deployed to the area to fight the blaze.

Due to the hilly terrain fire trucks are unable to reach the affected areas.

As a result, fire fighters, assisted by members of the Jamaica Defence Force have been fighting the blaze on foot.