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NWA gets $50 million for drain cleaning

Tuesday, June 03, 2014    

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THE National Works Agency (NWA) has been allocated $50 million to carry out mitigation measures for the 2014 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

Communications Manager at the NWA Stephen Shaw said that $20 million of the amount will be spent in south-eastern parishes -- St Catherine, Kingston and St Andrew and St Thomas.

"In the south, which is Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth, we are spending $10 million and so too in the north-east and in the west," Shaw said.

He was speaking at yesterday's launch of Disaster Preparedness Month at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management in Kingston.

Shaw said mitigation activities will start by the end of this week, with instructions already being given to the parish teams to start working.

"So, when you drive around the country over the next couple of weeks, you should be seeing activities, such as drain cleaning mostly taking place throughout the island. We intend to have these activities wrapped up within a month. So, we should be finished with the $50 million programme by the end of June," he said.

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