ODPEM Steps Up to Level 2 as Rains Lash Jamaica

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has been moved to Level Two as the government responds to flooding and damage caused by the heavy rains.

Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, says the government continues to assess the effects of the rains.

He was giving an update on the impact of heavy rains affecting the island over the last three days.

He says Clarendon has been the worst affected parish. He says only three parishes have been spared the brunt.

Desmond McKenzie is calling on people living in flood-prone areas to be vigilant and relocate to shelters if needed.

In the meantime, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr. Horace Chang says the government remains on high alert.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chang says the government is moving to draft new legislation to improve flood control.

He told Nationwide News this will create a standard system for drainage islandwide.

Dr. Chang is in charge of the government while Prime Minister Holness is on official business in the Dominican Republic.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Audley Shaw says the Government is prepared to allocate the necessary funding after a full assessment is done of the damage across the island.

However, he says it’s too early to determine whether the expenditure will have an impact on the country’s fiscal targets.

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