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Engineers body says NWA, stakeholders should do detailed assessment of recent flooding, release findings to public

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Institution of Engineers says the National Works Agency (NWA) and other relevant stakeholders need to undertake a detailed assessment to determine the main causes of the recent flooding across the island.

The group says all findings from the assessment should be released to the public in a timely manner.

Heavy rains for four days last week flooded several communities in 10 parishes.

The parishes of St Thomas, Portland, St Catherine and St Elizabeth were badly affected, with Clarendon being the worse affected.

More than 5,000 people have been affected.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie told Parliament on Tuesday that preliminary estimates have put the bill from the flood damage to approximately $492 million.