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Pedro Cays residents stay put despite storm warning

Published: Tuesday October 23, 2012 | 8:01 am Comments 0
Director General of the ODPEM Ronald Jackson.... warns people to leave the cays.
Director General of the ODPEM Ronald Jackson.... warns people to leave the cays.

Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter

Despite warnings to evacuate, fisher folk on the Pedro Cays are taking a wait-and-see approach.

The Metrological Service and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management have advised persons living on the cays to immediately return to the mainland.

But this has not spurred the more than 200 fisher folk on Pedro cays into action.

Late yesterday evening a fisherman known as Mullo, who was on the Pedro Cays, told our news centre that he has not seen any sign of preparation by his colleagues to return to the mainland.

Mullo said while persons are aware of the warnings from the emergency services, they normally move at the last minute.

While acknowledging that some of his colleagues had a tough experience when Hurricane Ivan battered Jamaica in 2004, Mullo said this has not changed the mindset of some of the fisher folk.

According to Mullo, fishers are reluctant to move because they are fearful that persons might remove their goods.

ODPEM says it will continue to issue warnings for marine interests to return to the mainland.

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