We have noted the letter titled ‘Save Pinnacle for RasTafari’ which was published in your newspaper on Thursday, December 05, 2013.
In reference to Pinnacle (located within the De la Vega Heights development) the writer stated “the Jamaican State has made the site a national heritage site, ...more »
Just under $140 million has been allocated by the Government for drain cleaning this year in preparation for the hurricane season and to guard against flooding.
This was disclosed by Minister of Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott at a briefing at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, last Thursday, to look at Jamaica's state-of-readiness for a hurricane.
The event, hosted by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), was held on the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Gilbert.
Arscott said that most of the drains across the country "have substantially been prepared, and I think we will be in a good position if we have any kind of flood events to be as best prepared as we can."
He stressed that the issue of the dumping of garbage in drains, gullies, river ways and open lots, "is something that we are going to address very seriously as a country", reminding that he has already warned that the fines for these breaches are going to be severe.
He commended ODPEM on its drive to not just focus on disaster response, but on building the resilience of communities.
"We have to work to ensure that the resilience is in-built in what we do, and our citizens are part and parcel of trying to mitigate some of the problems," he said.
Acting director general of ODPEM, Richard Thompson, said that greater attention is being placed on disaster prevention and mitigation. "We are doing a lot of work in the communities where we are putting a lot of micro mitigation projects (in place)," he said.
A dirty Barbican gully is seen in this recent Observer file photo.
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