March 24, 2010

Jamaica houses Haitians

By Stabroek staff | March 24, 2010 in Regional News

(Jamaica Gleaner) The Jamaican government is now making arrangements to house the 62 Haitians who landed in Portland by boat yesterday.

The 48 men, eight women and six children came in two separate boats from their earthquake-hit country.

The police say the first boat landed in Manchioneal around 4.30 a.m. and the other at 8.30 a.m. at the Winifred Beach.

Information Minister Daryl Vaz says health and security officials are now processing the Haitians. They will then be temporarily housed at the Salvation Army building in Port Antonio and at a Seventh Day Adventist Church.

He says the Office of Disaster Pre-paredness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) will be holding a strategy meeting to discuss the speedy processing of the Haitians and to ensure that all the agencies are collaborating on the issue.

Meanwhile, the head of the Consta-bulary Communications Network Inspector Steve Brown says security officials are on the alert to deal with any eventualities.

Concern had been raised about criminals fleeing to Jamaica after the January 12 earthquake in Haiti.

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