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Jamaica now better able to forecast flooding conditions

Published:Friday | May 26, 2017 | 5:55 AM
A van almost entirely covered by floodwaters in Mineral Heights, Clarendon in April

Jamaica is now in a better position to forecast and respond to the threat of flood conditions following the upgrading of the hydro-meteorology network.

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) says 16 monitoring stations have been retrofitted.

They include 10 rainfall intensity gauges and six river/stream flow monitors.

The PIOJ says the upgrade is part of the pilot programme for climate resilience being funded by the World Bank under the Improving Climate Data and Information Management Project.

The project is being executed by the PIOJ and other partners and is intended to improve the quality and use of climate-related data and information for effective planning and action at the community and national levels.

The systems are monitored by the Water Resources Authority.

The network allows for the real-time recording and transmission of information relating to the intensity of rainfall and water levels in selected rivers across the island daily.

The PIOJ says the aim is to upgrade at least 34 monitoring stations.