NWA launches new phase of Disaster Mitigation Programme

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Works Agency (NWA) says it has embarked on another phase of its Disaster Mitigation Programme which is valued at $95.8 million.
According to the NWA, the new programme is being implemented in all parishes, and that this is the second such drain cleaning programme to be undertaken since the start of the 2018 hurricane season.

Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw said in a release from the agency that the programme targets critical drains and gullies that have been identified for attention.

He noted that critical drains are integral to the drainage network and include those in perennial flood prone areas.

Shaw further stated that the programme of work is still being finalised in some parishes, but the NWA expects the cleaning exercise to be executed over the next eight weeks.

“Consultations have taken place with elected representatives in each parish, so as to involve a wide cross section of persons in the discussions on which drains should be done,” Shaw said.

He added that this approach is being used, as the budget cannot satisfy the demands placed on the agency by some communities.

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