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Vulnerable St Andrew, Portland communities benefit from disaster risk reduction project

Published:Sunday | December 14, 2014 | 10:42 AM

The government is to embark on multi-million landslide risk reduction programme across four vulnerable communities in St Andrew and Portland.



The programme began last Thursday in Bedward Gardens, St Andrew, with the launch of a J$82 million landslide mitigation project.



The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) says the US$2.4 million risk reduction programme to be implemented by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) will also target the communities of Harbour Heights and Melbrook, in St Andrew and in Breastworks, Portland.



Research analyst at ODPEM, Christopher Gayle, says the Bedward Gardens project includes slope improvement work to curtail the incidence of land slippage and drain infrastructure improvement work to reduce flooding.



With the deteriorating infrastructure caused by landslides and flooding in all four communities, the programme seeks to reduce their vulnerability to adverse weather.



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