Gov't evaluating Hurricane Matthew experience

Gov't evaluating Hurricane Matthew experience

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie says the Government is currently evaluating various aspects of Jamaica's experience with Hurricane Matthew.
In a statement to the House of Representatives today, the minister said that the Parish Councils (Municipal Corporations) are concluding their investigations in relation to parochial infrastructure.
However, McKenzie said that he had been formally advised that there has been no severe damage.
He said that the National Works Agency (NWA) had given him similar advice in relation to the wider road network.
"As far as total loss to the economy is concerned, we await the calculation of lost production hours, among other factors, by the Planning Institute of Jamaica as part of the national assessment exercise," he said.
"The process of evaluating this experience has begun. ODPEM (Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management) has commenced its review exercise, and this will also involve the Social Development Commission (SDC) working along with the municipal corporations to review and to make recommendations on the shelter management programme," McKenzie said.
He noted that one such review would be on reducing the number of shelters from over 900.
Balford Henry


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