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Jamaica's drought conditions upgraded to 'severe'

Published:Thursday | August 21, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Meteorological Service says Jamaica is now experiencing severe drought conditions.

Director of the Met Service, Jeffrey Spooner, says the conditions in Clarendon, St Mary and St Thomas are extreme.

In July, he announced that Jamaica was headed for critical drought conditions.

Just over a month later, he now says despite rainfall in sections of the island, the conditions are expected to get even worse.

Spooner says the southern parishes are the hardest hit but rainfall in recent times has been in mostly western Jamaica.

Spooner says the Met Service is maintaining its three month outlook, which suggests with a medium to high degree of confidence that Jamaica will get below average rainfall up to October.

In response to the drought, the Government has implemented a prohibition order that forbids the use of water for activities such as car washing.

At least $45 million has been budgeted to fight the drought conditions.

The Agriculture Ministry has also taken steps to help farmers with the effects.

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