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Akbar Visits Jittu Fire Victims

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation was carrying out an assessment to determine the assistance to provide to families who lost their homes during a fire at Jittu
27 May 2015 10:07
Akbar Visits Jittu Fire Victims
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar (right), during a visit to fire victim at Jittu Estate last week. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation was carrying out an assessment to determine the assistance to provide to families who lost their homes during a fire at Jittu Estate last week.

Following her visit yesterday, Minister Rosy Akbar assured the families of assistance through relevant social welfare programmes.

“The Ministry, in such cases, carries out an assessment and then avails the assistance through Fire Victims Relief Assistance grant, which provides much-needed relief for families who lose their homes in a fire and who do not have any insurance,” Ms Akbar said.

According to a family member, Richard Elder, they were devastated after losing everything in the fire.

“There were five families living here for the last four years. Four of the families were actually renting there and have children. We are glad that no one was injured, however we have lost all our household possessions,” Mr Elder said.

“I am glad that Madam Minister came all this way to visit us, it gives us assurance that we will be assisted by the government to rebuild our lives. The families affected have also visited social welfare office to seek advice on how we can be further assisted.”

National Fire Authority chief executive officer John O Connor said the cause and estimated cost of the fire are yet to be determined.

Meanwhile, in Parliament last week, the Minister for Local Government, Parveen Kumar, said families whose homes were destroyed in an accidental fire, and whose annual household income was below $50,000, had proper land documents and whose house was not insured, qualified for state assistance.

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