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Government orders report on natural disaster prone areas from parish councils

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM

All 13 parish councils along with the Portmore Municipality have been directed to compile preliminary reports on areas considered to be most vulnerable during natural disasters and most likely to put human safety at risk.

State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development Colin Fagan, who made the disclosure this week, says the reporting process is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

According to Fagan, the ministry has been mandated by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to remove people from river banks and other areas that are vulnerable during a natural hazard.

He was speaking at a public lecture hosted by the Planning Institute of Jamaica to mark World Population Day, which is being observed today.

Fagan says while the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management continues to work diligently at the policy level and on the ground to prevent and respond to emergencies, it is clear that stopping the construction of illegal settlement has to become a primary focus.