Govt Releases Initial $20-million in Assistance to Return Montego Bay to Normality

Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, says the government has pledged an initial emergency allocation of $20-million to assist with quickly returning normality to sections of Montego Bay which have been badly affected by flood waters.

Minister McKenzie was addressing a media briefing in Montego Bay today.

He addressed the briefing shortly after he toured sections of the resort city with Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Minister McKenzie says several emergency response agencies including the Jamaica Fire Brigade have been called to assist with the restoration of downtown Montego Bay.

He says there was no loss of life due to the flooding.

However, Minister McKenzie says there are many unanswered questions.

On Wednesday, heavy rainfall damaged several properties in downtown, Montego Bay.

Several cars on St James Street and Union Street were inundated. Up to early Thursday afternoon, the main thoroughfare from Barnett Street to Adelphi was impassable.

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