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Phillips calls for mitigation programme amid frequent floods

Published:Thursday | January 11, 2018 | 12:00 PM

Opposition spokesman on Transport and Works, Mikael Phillips, says the government should develop and implement a comprehensive flood mitigation programme for the entire island.

Phillips says such a programme would ease the human suffering and economic dislocation caused by the frequent flood rains being experienced by the country.

He says the level of residential and infrastructural damage caused by last week’s flood rains in St Ann, St Mary, and Portland was extremely high.

Phillips says, in some cases, the damage is worse than anticipated because of poor or inadequate work done on National Works Agency (NWA) and municipal corporation projects.

He points out the recently constructed bridge in Dumbarton, St Ann which suffered structural damage. 

Further, he says infrastructure damage caused by last May’s flood rains had received no attention and this worsened the plight of residents to access their homes and farms.

Phillips says the country will now be faced with high repair bills for roads and bridges. 

In addition, he says small farmers are facing economic disaster.