Govt looks to move street people before storm

October 01, 2016
File Persons who live on the streets may be exposed to the wrath of Hurricane Matthew.

Concerned about the likely impact of Hurricane Matthew on persons who live on the streets, oftentimes deemed to be of unsound mind and referred to as 'street people', the Local Government Ministry is making preparations to minimise the impact on them, should the hurricane hit Jamaica as projected.

"I have asked them to concentrate their efforts on persons who are living in the streets to ensure that we try and get them off the streets into some locations, where at least they can pass through the worst of the conditions in a proper environment," Desmond McKenzie, the local government minister, told THE STAR yesterday.

"In addition, we are working assiduously to ensure that we minimise as best as possible the question of flooding, and in the process of minimising that we also going to be trying to saving lives and property. Wherever we go, we are going to be impacted by the storm."

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