The government has issued evacuation orders for low-lying communities in a number of parishes.

That’s according to Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie.

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He says an evacuation order has also been issued for Port Royal in Eastern Kingston.

He says while one has not yet been issued for Portmore, in St. Catherine, persons should be vigilant and mindful there might be a need to relocate based on the impact of Hurricane Matthew.

Mr. McKenzie says persons in a number of these areas have refused to leave.

He’s frustrated that persons in some communities have been unwilling to relocate despite evacuation orders being issued for communities in which they live.

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Mr. McKenzie says mandatory evacuations may soon become necessary. The Local Government Minister says this will be a priority for him.

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