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MP appeals for help for flood-ravaged Portland

Published:Friday | October 28, 2016 | 6:43 PM
Frederica Appleby, surveys the damage to her banana farm after three days of heavy rainfall in the Portland communitiy of Windsor.

West Portland Member of Parliament, Daryl Vaz, is making an urgent appeal for members of the public to donate food, clothing and mattresses to help people in the parish who have been seriously affected by the heavy rains impacting eastern parishes.

Vaz says persons may drop off relief items at Food for the Poor in Ellerslie Pen, Spanish Town, St. Catherine.

Vaz is currently in the Philippine's leading an official mission in relation to the business process outsourcing sector there. 

But he says he has received reports that some homes have been completely flooded resulting in the loss of household items.

Debris and falling boulders have also caused damage to infrastructure in some communities.

But Vaz says he is happy there was no loss of life.

He says a team from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security has also been carrying out assessments in Portland and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) will carry out an assessment of agricultural loss as soon as the water recedes.

Vaz says he will be touring the flooded areas in Portland when he returns to the island this weekend.