30 persons rescued

May 16, 2017

Approximately 30 persons were rescued in Sunnyside, Linstead, St Catherine following extensive flooding in the community this morning.

The Office of Disaster Prepardness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), said 10 of the persons rescued were children. One person has been hospitalised.

The 30 people were rescued by a team from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) air wing assisted by the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the police.

Deputy Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Richard Thompson said that the residents were marooned for some time with rising waters posing a serious threat to life.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Service has advised that a trough west of Jamaica has been influencing the weather conditions across the island since Saturday night. 

Current projections are for light to moderate and at times heavy showers, along with thunderstorms, to continue affecting sections of all parishes through to Thursday.

The disaster response agency said four rescue boats deployed to Jamaica Defence Force to support rescue operations in Linstead.

Extensive flooding has been reported across most of the island. According to ODPEM, four families were evacuated and 16 houses and cars inundated in Moneague, St Ann.

Also in St Ann, six houses were flooded in Douglas Castle and two in Alderton.

A number of major rivers across the country are in spate namely, Rio Grande in Portland, Rio Minho in Clarendon, Morant River in St. Thomas and Outram in St. Mary.

In the parish of Clarendon, all health centres are closed and the majority of road network is impassable due to flooding and landslides.

 

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