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PM to tour flood-hit areas today

Published:Wednesday | May 17, 2017 | 5:55 AM
Residents navigate through debris on this bridge in Dover, St Catherine - Ian Allen photo

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and representatives from the emergency services will today tour the parishes worst hit by this week's floodrains.  

Holness who was in the Dominican Republic cut short his visit and returned to the island last night to deal with the damage caused by heavy rainfall in sections of the island.


IN PHOTO: This mother in St Catherine North East ensured her daughter got to school to do exams yesterday - Ian Allen photo

The tour is scheduled to begin in Linstead, St Catherine then wind its way through Clarendon and end in Cave Valley, St Ann.

Jamaica has been experiencing persistent heavy rainfall over the past three days which has severely impacted several parishes including, Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St Mary, Portland and St Ann.


IN PHOTO: Residents of Cave Valley, St Ann aboard a truck moving out of the flooded community.

Yesterday, the prime minister ordered the following measures to deal the ongoing weather event:

1. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management to activate the National Emergency Operations Centre;
2. All parish Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) activated;
3. All parish representatives have mobilised to attend their respective EOCs and;
4. Shelter managers put on standby in the event shelters need to be opened to respond to any evacuations.


IN PHOTO: The retaining wall on the North-South toll road in the vicinity of the Linstead exit has collapsed - Ian Allen photo

The government’s team is conducting a preliminary assessment to ascertain the level of damage to affected areas.

The National Meteorological Service says outburst of showers will continue until tomorrow.

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