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PM cautions about the serious nature of major hurricanes

Published:Wednesday | September 27, 2017 | 9:18 AM
This photo provided by the Royal Navy and taken on September 24 shows the devastation left by Hurricane Irma in Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. – AP Photo

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaicans must take the threat of major hurricanes very seriously.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Holness said it appears that increased activity including back to back Category 5 hurricanes in the region appear to be the new normal due to climate change.

Noting that what has happened in Dominica, Barbuda and Puerto Rico could have happened in Jamaica, the Prime Minister says Jamaicans must be prepared at every level especially since the hurricane season will continue until the end of November.

Holness says the immediate challenge with these types of disasters is a breakdown in security as is happening across the region.

The Prime Minister says he has already instructed the National Disaster Preparedness Committee to prepare a plan to ensure the continuation of the government in the event of a catastrophic event.

 

Meanwhile, Holness also says the Jamaica Defence Force has been instructed to closely examine expanding the country’s airlift capabilities.

He says it has cost the government $50 million to return 200 Jamaicans from hurricane battered islands in the eastern Caribbean in the last week.

 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness speaking in Parliament yesterday.