PM cuts short visit to Dom Rep; to tour flood-hit parishes today

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness was expected to return to the island last night from an official visit to the Dominican Republic.He was originally scheduled to return today, but cut short his visit as a result of the heavy rains that have impacted the island.

Press secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister Naomi Francis made the disclosure at a press briefing at Jamaica House yesterday where the media was updated on the impact of the inclement weather on the country.

She said Holness will tour flood-affected areas of the country today.

Jamaica has, since Saturday evening, been experiencing persistent heavy rainfall, which has severely affected sections of St Elizabeth, St Thomas, Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, Westmorland, St Mary, Portland and St Ann.

There have been severe infrastructural and agricultural damage, dislocation and major inconvenience, especially for students who are sitting exit secondary examinations.

— JIS

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