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Flood Damage Repairs Will Cost Jamaican Government Millions

Jamaica, May 22, 2017 – Kingston – Heavy rains associated with a trough across the central Caribbean again wreaked havoc on the Jamaica’s infrastructure, dumping up to a month’s volume of rainfall on some areas, washing away bridges, tearing up roads, destroying farms, forcing rivers to burst their banks, and leaving a number of Jamaicans marooned.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday disclosed that a master drainage plan has been developed for Jamaica and its implementation will now have to be fast tracked.

Teams from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security have been distributing food and care packages to persons in some communities who were severely impacted by last week’s heavy rains.

Portfolio Minister, Shahine Robinson said persons will also be assisted with mattresses, two-burner stoves, and a cash grant. “(I) can’t say how much that is (because) it depends on the severity of the damage, but we are certain of it and we are doing our part,” she said.

The government is also bracing for the agriculture bill from the flood damage, as an assessment of the devastation is now being carried out by teams from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority . Minister of Agriculture, Karl Samuda says there has been widespread damage to crops, livestock and infrastructure, with major farming areas affected.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the flood damage repairs to the entire island are estimated at over $1 Billion.

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