November 1st, 2012
Daryl Vaz, the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Portland has recommended that the government declare Portland a disaster zone.
A disaster zone is a region or a local heavily damaged by a natural, technological or sociological hazard. The population living there often experiences a loss of energy supply, food, services, and an increasing risk of disease. Declarations of disaster areas open up the affected areas for national or international aid.
Vaz believes that his suggestion is valid because of the level of devastation in the parish. This devastation includes buildings that have been damaged or totally demolished and communities that have been cut off as a result of landslides. He argues that since the government has problems finding the money to restore normalcy to Portland and other eastern parishes, declaring these parishes disaster zones will open up these parishes for international aid.
What is your opinion? Should Portland and other eastern parishes be declared a disaster zone? It’s time again to have your say…