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#MappingMATTHEW: Gov't orders schools closed for Monday

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2016 | 10:05 PM
Motorists drive through flooded streets in Harbour View, St Andrew during heavy rains earlier this afternoon - Rudolph Brown photo

The Education Ministry has ordered that all schools be closed on Monday because of the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

Education Minister Ruel Reid says the safety of children and all Jamaicans is a priority.

The Minister has also instructed all schools to immediately activate their emergency plans.

"All schools that function as disaster relief centres, should put in safe keeping all important documents and educational materials, the minister said.

He said schools that serve as relief centres should also be prepared to facilitate arrangements for the delivery of supplies on their premises.

"We encourage school administrators to stay tuned to the media in order to receive regular updates from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information as the situation unfolds over the next two days.”

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has indicated that Hurricane Matthew, now a category four storm will start will cause torrential rains and flooding mainly in eastern parishes.