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Mandatory evacuation bill to be tabled this financial year

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2013 | 6:58 PM

The Government is to table a disaster risk management bill in Parliament this financial year that will among other things legislate the mandatory evacuation of persons deemed at risk.



Minister of Local Government, Noel Arscott, who made the announcement in Parliament this afternoon, said the importance of the proposed legislation was highlighted following the devastation in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy last year.



He says the bill will enhance Jamaica’s ability to respond to disasters.



He said the segment of the bill to address the establishment of a national disaster fund represents a significant improvement on a fund established in 1995 by then Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson.



He says the latest draft of the bill was received by his ministry in April.



The Government has indicated that there was no provision to deal with emergencies such as hurricanes in the 2013-2014 National Budget.



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