$40 million for drought-stricken parishes
The local government ministry is to spend $40 million to provide potable water to four drought-stricken parishes.
The parishes are Manchester, St Elizabeth, Westmoreland and Hanover.
Local Government and Community Development minister, Desmond McKenzie explains that rainfall has been particularly scarce in central, southern and western Jamaica.
He says his ministry is committed to implementing long-lasting solutions in addition to periodic initiatives to provide water for people in drought-stricken communities.
In announcing the allocation yesterday, McKenzie said it will complement the primary response being carried out by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, which has responsibility for water.
He says the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has responsibility for minor water supply, and is proceeding, based on the information provided by the Municipal Corporations.