MP Joshua Francis seeking help for 60 Silver Lake residents; homes destroyed by fire on Monday
MP Joshua Francis is seeking assistance for some 60 Silver Lake residents, whose homes were completely destroyed by fire on Monday evening. Eighteen plus families are now homeless, as a result of this fire.They have lost practically all of their possessions, but no one said to be was injured.
MP for the area, Joshua Francis, is now urgently appealing to all Dominicans to assist those who have been affected by the blaze. He said “we have at least 60 people who were directly affected. They were living in two long houses, each had a total of nine families, so that would be approximately 18 families, whose homes were completely destroyed. They lost everything”
He said many children are among those who are now homeless as a consequence. Mr Francis said “To me, they are in serious and urgent need. Many of their family members are in Guadeloupe and they have no one to turn to.So unlike some fire victims who can run to a neighbour, or run to the home of a friend, there are many of them who do not have even that minimal privilege”.
Francis identified the urgent priorities of finding a place for those affected to sleep; raising funds for them, and finding clothes, food and other basic necessities for them.He stated, “So I am taking the opportunity to appeal to the public to assist the Silver Lake people. They are in great need. They have lost everything. I am calling on the charitable organizations, whether Red Cross or others, to intervene and assist these people as a matter of the utmost urgency.”
Francis said “I called Prime Minister Skerrit on Monday night concerning the fire, and to find out how the I can work with the government to assist the displaced people of Silver Lake, but the Prime Minister told me that government would take care of it. He did not embrace my offer to help.
Meanwhile, Francis is calling for the Silver Lake people to unite, after the tragedy. He said, “They have each other and no one suffered physical injuries”, adding that they are suffering emotionally and will hopefully get counseling soon.He appealed to Dominicans at home and abroad via Q95fm Radio on Tuesday, to open up their hearts,& assist their less fortunate brothers and sisters, in their time of great need.
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