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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hurricane Clean Up Efforts Underway

Well, as most of us remember, two months ago Hurricane Dean devastated the island of Jamaica.
Many parts of the island still remain under heavy debris and suffer many food shortages.
According to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), there is no set time when the backhoe and truck operators will be paid.
This has caused several demonstrations by these groups outside of the Metropolitan Parks and Market offices on Half-Way Tree Road. The exact money owed has not been stated.

A truck driver displays a placard as he and his colleagues demonstrated outside the Half-Way-Tree-Road office of Metropolitan Parks and Markets on Friday for money owed clean-up work done after Hurricane Dean in August. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

One truck driver who requested anonymity told the Jamaican Observer that he has had to park his truck for some time now as he is no longer able to afford to buy gas oil for the vehicle.
He explained that a drum of gas oil cost $12,000 and can only last for two days.

"So when you spend so much money buy gas oil you can't see the money coming in then you can't afford to buy more to go back on another work," he said.

I hope the new government is able to assist in these efforts, as quickly as possible.

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