Monday 27 May, 2019

Health Ministry says no flood-related deaths to date

The Health Ministry has refuted reports that some persons were killed as a result of recent flooding, saying on Monday that to date, there have been no reports of deaths as a result of flooding in the La Horquetta area. 

The Ministry said in a statement issued October 22, 2018, that it has noted reports of alluding to the death of a resident of Greenvale Park, La Horquetta, as a result of the severe flooding in that area.

The Ministry said however that it has not received any reports of deaths due to flooding.

"The Ministry of Health reiterates that, as at yesterday 21st October, 2018, our surveillance system has not produced any confirmed reports of death due to the current flooding."

"The Ministry urges members of the public to support relief efforts and refrain from spreading rumours of this kind."

"Public health officials and NGO bodies are going beyond the call of duty to offer care and service to those in need. Rumours of this kind thwart the efforts of the medical support team as resources are re-directed to investigate each allegation," the Ministry said.

If assistance is needed citizens are urged to use the emergency contact numbers as follows: Police – 999/511 Ambulance – 811 TEMA – 211 Fire – 990.

Following torrential flooding which forced emergency evacuations from the Greenvale, La Horquetta area on Saturday night, social media reports circulated alleging that some persons had been killed. 

La Horquetta resident Whitney Crystal Sanchez and her two children were forced to evacuate their home at Greenvale Park, La Horquetta, and were assisted by a neighbour to safety. 

A missing person bulletin went out via social media after relatives were unable to contact them, however subsequent updates showed that she and her children had been relocated to a shelter.  Her house was completely damaged by the flood waters.

Persons wishing to assist are urged to reach out to their local councillors and regional corporations to send relief items. 

 

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