Disaster money runs out

September 29, 2017
A section of the roadway in Sunnyside, St Catherine, was washed away during the recent flood rains in May.
The community of Douglas Castle, Clarendon, was severly affected by flooding in May.

The Government said that it has used up the $491 million that was allocated in the Budget to respond to natural disasters.

Audley Shaw, the country's finance minister, said that adverse weather conditions that affected the island earlier this year, causing extensive flooding across several communities, "have wiped that money out".

"Consequently, we have to appropriate some (more) funds to help deal with some of the outstanding issues resulting from those events," he said.

The current hurricane season has been an active one. On average, 12 tropical storms form in the Atlantic during the hurricane season each year. This year has seen 13 tropical storms just one more than the average.

The Government has committed the equivalent of US$100,000 each to the redevelopment funds for Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica, which were severely affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, respectively.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that the Jamaica Defence Force has mobilised its 120-man Disaster Assistance Response Team for deployment to Dominica to assist with recovery efforts.

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