Distraught family thankful for small mercies

April 27, 2016
Gareth Davis Snr Owen Campbell stands in front of his ruined house at Mill Bank in the Rio Grande Valley, Portland.

The house of Owen and Inez Campbell now lies in ruins following flood rains in Portland last week.

"I lost all my money, which is covered by the landslide along with all our medication," Owen Campbell said.

He managed to squeeze a smile on Monday after Daryl Vaz, minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, visited the Rio Grande Valley to coordinate disaster relief. The Campbell's were fortunate to have been the beneficiaries of medical supplies which were distributed.

"I am thankful for the help as I have since received 30 days supply of tablets to treat my hypertension and my wife got her insulin and tablets to treat her diabetes," Owen Campbell said.

The Campbell's eight-apartment house, which is made of wood and concrete, was left partially covered after persistent rainfall, which pounded the eastern parish, caused landslide in the Rio Grande Valley.

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