PM orders activation of all national emergency systems
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has ordered the activation of all national emergency systems as heavy rainfall continues to lash sections of Jamaica.
The emergency agencies include the National Works Agency (NWA) and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), as well as local representatives.
The prime minister, who is overseas, says all the agencies should mobilise their resources to deal with the impact of the extraordinary rain event and to support residents who may need assistance in flooded areas.
The prime minister is urging persons to be on high alert as the rain is expected to continue throughout the day.
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Meanwhile, the Office of the Prime Minister said the acting Prime Minister, Dr Horace Chang, would make a statement in Parliament this afternoon on the emergency processes that have been activated and the preliminary assessment of damage caused by the heavy rainfall.
However, a later release from the Houses of Parliament said all sittings have been cancelled for today.
Jamaica remains under a Flash Flood Warning for low-lying and flood prone areas.
The National Meteorological Service issued the warning for the parishes of St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St Elizabeth and Westmoreland.
A Flash Flood Watch also remains in effect for low-lying and flood-prone areas of Hanover, St James, Trelawny, and St Ann.