St Thomas flood victims get assistance
The Government has commenced assisting flood victims in St Thomas from a $2.5 million relief package for house repairs and other damage.
Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson visited the affected residents on Friday. She presented cheques during a brief ceremony held at the Golden Grove Police Station in the parish.
The minister told the beneficiaries that their plight had been recognised by the Government, and although the assistance would not return them to where they were before the floods ravaged their homes and businesses, they should make the best of what they received.
"It is a start. We are trying to help you in the best way that we can," she said, while indicating that most of the cheques would be presented to affected persons at the Social Security Office in Morant Bay.
Robinson commended groups and individuals such as Food For the Poor, who reached out and helped during and after the floods. Prior to the distribution of the cheques, the ministry provided mattresses and tarpaulins to a number of persons.
Parish Manager for the Ministry Grace Dean said that the distribution of cheques would continue into next week, and once persons present a valid identification, they would be able to get the assistance.
Recipient of a cheque, Carmen Grace said she was "very appreciative" of the help as her crops, roof, and walls of her house had been damaged.