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Flood victims to receive financial assistance from gov't

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) points to a section of the Rio Magno in Sunnyside, Linstead. – Ian Allen Photo

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government will be redirecting funds from the national budget to providing financial assistance to persons who have been severely affected by recent flood rains.

Prime Minister Holness says an assessment will be done to determine areas from which funds can be rechanelled.

Speaking with speaking with journalists yesterday during a tour of areas affected he said certain government expenditure may have to be postponed and funds reallocated.

The prime minister stressed that the priority at this time is to help people to recover.

Among the communities visited were Sunnyside in Linstead, St Catherine; Douglas Castle, St Ann; and Cave Valley, which is located at the border between St Ann and Clarendon.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness is urging members of the public to show greater consideration in terms of where they build houses.


Prime Minister, Andrew Holness

Holness said factors such as susceptibility to flooding, erosion and land slippages must be considered when choosing a location for a home, particularly in light of the increased frequency and intensity of weather events affecting Jamaica in recent years.

He noted that the Government will be more proactive in ensuring that people do not settle in areas that are likely to experience weather-related difficulties.

Holness said the Government will also be moving to fast-track procedures to implement a master drainage plan for the country.