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Portland in crisis, says Vaz

Monday, July 21, 2014    

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West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz has urged the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment & Climate Change (MWLECC) to urgently intervene in trucking water to severely affected communities in the constituency.

Vaz said that all funds allocated to the Portland Parish Council for the trucking of water had been exhausted. Since January this year, the Council had spent $4 million received from the Local Government Ministry to truck water to drought ridden areas. Although the MWLECC recently allocated an additional $500,000 for the trucking of water in his constituency, that was exhausted in less than a month.

Vaz said at present, no water was being delivered as all resources including $1 million provided from his CDF to assist in alleviating the situation had also been exhausted.

Vaz urged the Government to formulate a long term sustainable national plan to deal with the drought conditions which had been experienced by the country over the recent years due to climate change. He also warned that that there was only one working fire truck in the entire parish of Portland and with the dry conditions there had been an increase in the number of fires overall.

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