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Massive coastal clean-up: Soldiers from 18 countries to tackle Jamaica's beaches tomorrow

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2016 | 6:05 AM
Soldiers exit a military helicopter as part of an exercise during Exercise Tradewinds 2016 Media Day at Up Park Camp on Wednesday.

A major multi-agency operation led by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in collaboration with the United States Marines, aims to take the fight to mosquito-breeding sites in Kingston, St Ann and St Catherine.

The effort, dubbed 'Operation Trade Winds' is set for Sunday, June 26 and involves the Ministry of Health (MOH), the National Solid Waste Management Authority, National Environment and Planning Agency, Jamaica Information Service, and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The objectives of the operation are to foster wetland regeneration, reduce Aedes Aegypti and other mosquito-breeding sites, clean the coastal area and improve aesthetics.

Major focus will be placed on six locations:

1 Sirgany Beach, Kingston

2 Gun Boat, Palisadoes Road and Port Royal

3. Half Moon Bay Beach, St Catherine

4. Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine

5. Old Jail Lane Beach, St Ann

6. Roxborough, St Ann

The main activities on Sunday will begin at 12: 30 p.m. and are scheduled to end at 6: 30 p.m. There will be collection of solid waste by JDF and US Marines; community mobilisation/engagement by MOH, primarily in Old Harbour Bay and Port Royal through house to house visits.

Operation Trade Winds comes as cases of the Zika virus, which is spread by infected Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes continue to increase in Jamaica and the region.