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Hanna pleads for help as drought hits St Ann

Monday, July 23, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica — People's National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament for South East St Ann, Lisa Hanna says that severe drought in sections of the parish is threatening the life and property of residents.

Hanna, in a release from her party today, called for urgent action by the Government against the ravages of the dry spell.

Hanna said the parish council tanks are currently out of water and the local springs, which usually supply the “precious fluids to deep rural communities have gone almost dry.”

“Some people have been without water for weeks now, the spring in some places like Johnny's Spring is very, very low. I have to be contracting trucks at $25,000 per load, but this is an untenable situation,” Hanna said.

She pointed out that trucks owned by the parish council are currently out of service and the majority of householders cannot afford the cost for private trucks to transport water.

“It is difficult to service the entire constituency as the residents are depending on the trucking of water, which for many is a very expensive undertaking. Farmers are having it hard especially for those who plant cash crops, children are home from school and the lack of water is concerning. There are health considerations that cannot be taken for granted. It is critical that water is trucked into the communities. A drought mitigation plan has to be urgently effected,” said Hanna.

She said small farms were “wilting under the severe drought” and those farmers and their families were facing economic ruin.

According to Hanna, in the “absence of a sustainable plan of action” people have been forced to use untreated water for domestic purposes and this could result in an increase in waterborne diseases.

“Something must be done by this government to deal with the issues of climate change as severe weather conditions continue to threaten our communities and our families are left with no help from neither the parish council nor the central government.” said Hanna.

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