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Gov't identifies 270 schools in need of help to get water

Published:Tuesday | August 26, 2014 | 6:30 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Government says it has identified about 270 schools which will need help with water when the new school year begins next week.

A committee set up by the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller today met to develop strategies to help schools function in light of the severe drought conditions.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says most of the schools are in rural Jamaica in the parishes worst affected by the ongoing drought.

He says the Water and Local Government ministries have pledged to arrange water supply to ensure that the affected schools can open on Monday.

Meanwhile, Thwaites says it is difficult for his ministry to estimate how much the effort will cost.

However, he says resources such as tanks will have to be purchased.

In the meantime, chairman of the schools’ drought committee and Water Minister, Robert Pickersgill, is expected to make a statement on the Government’s efforts later this week.

Last week, the Meteorological Service of Jamaica told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that Jamaica is now experiencing a severe drought with extreme conditions in St. Mary, Clarendon and St. Mary.

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