Heavy rains bring misery to Jamaica

Days of heavy rainfall has brought misery to Jamaica with reports of widespread flooding, damage to infrastructure and forced evacuations.

Bridges have been damaged, roads have been blocked and landslides have been reported, with Clarendon parish the worst hit, according to published reports.

Several areas are also without water as a result of high turbidity levels, blocked intakes and access, dislocated pipelines and power supply problems that have forced the shutdown of water supply facilities.

Many customers in Kingston and the parishes of St Andrew, Clarendon, St James, St Ann and St Mary are reported to be without electricity.
The Jamaica Gleaner reported that 30 people were rescued from flood waters in Sunnyside, Linstead, by a team from the Jamaica Defence Force air wing assisted by the Jamaica fire brigade and police.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to tour the parishes worst hit by this week’s floodrains.

The Jamaica Observer reported the local Government had allocated Ja$175 million (about $1.35 million) in emergency funding to address critical infrastructure repairs in six of the parishes worst affected.

The flooding comes after a trough brought large amounts of rain three weeks ago.

After additional heavy rains this week, the meteorological service of Jamaica extended a flash-flood warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas.

The peak of the intense weather system affecting the island for the last four days has now passed, the director of the Meteorological Service Division, Evan Thompson, said yesterday.

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