Drought watch continues in Portland; sections of St Catherine, Clarendon on alert

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A drought watch remains in effect for Portland, while sections of St Catherine and Clarendon are still on a drought alert. The warnings have been in place since last Friday.

The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica said that during the period of July to September, forecasts have indicated a high chance of warmer-than-normal temperatures with below-normal rainfall.

“With current projections now indicating a decline in rainfall over most stations, over the three months there is a possibility that this could lead to worsening drought conditions, especially over sections of Portland, St Catherine and Clarendon,” said the Met Service.

It said it would continue to monitor the findings from the models in the upcoming months so as to advise our stakeholders, especially farmers accordingly.

Meanwhile, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie yesterday informed that the Government has allocated $30 million to truck water to several of communities across the island that are experiencing shortages due to drought conditions.

He said the measure forms the first phase of the Government's response to the current dry spell affecting the parishes of St Catherine, Clarendon, St Elizabeth, St Mary, and Portland.

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