Gov’t Allocates $30 Million to Alleviate Drought Conditions

Jamaica News: The Government has allocated $30 million to truck water to several communities across the island that are experiencing shortages due to drought conditions.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the measure forms the first phase of the Government’s response to the current dry spell affecting the parishes of St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. Elizabeth, St. Mary and Portland.

He was speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (July 11).

The Met Office has issued drought alerts for sections of St. Catherine, Clarendon, and St. Elizabeth and a drought watch for Portland.

Mr. McKenzie said the money will be provided to the Municipal Corporations in the parishes.

He said that the Government “has taken careful note of the situation not only in these parishes but across the island and will be moving to ensure the continuation of normal economic and residential life”.

He noted that the forecast for the three-month period from July to September is for higher-than-normal temperatures with lower-than-normal levels of rainfall.

He said that these conditions are not unique to Jamaica, “but are conditions that are affecting parts of the Americas, Canada and the United Kingdom,” he pointed out.

Minister McKenzie said that additional measures will be adopted by the Government if the situation worsens over the coming weeks.

“The Government is prepared to spend whatever we can to ensure that adequate water is provided not just for residential use but, also, we have to take into consideration parishes like Manchester and St. Elizabeth, which are critical to the economic growth of the country, in terms of being the parishes that are responsible for a significant portion of our food supplies,” he said.

In the meanwhile, Mr. McKenzie said the Ministry has been constructing water shops in parishes that experience chronic water shortages.

He noted, as well, that the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation has been spending “a significant amount of money” to upgrade existing catchment systems to ensure that adequate water is provided to areas in need.

 

Source: JIS News

Please send us your Feedback, News Item, Photos and/or Videos to our WhatsApp Number 1-876-353-1389 or Email [email protected]

Recently Published

Schoolgirl, 12, who shaved her head to raise money for a cancer charity is left in tears after cruel bullies call her 'ugly'

Schoolgirl, 12, who shaved her head to raise money for a cancer charity is left in tears after cruel bullies call her ‘ugly’

A 12-year-old schoolgirl was mocked for shaving her head in honour of her grandmother, a cancer survivor. Kyarah Doyle, from New South Wales, took part in the Leukemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave on Thursday. The Inverell High School student raised more than $1000 for the charity by shaving off her long brown hair. But despite her […]

Barrington Levy Sister
Tank-1-670x450

CEO says PCDF has Accomplished Mission

Jamaica News: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the PetroCaribe Development Fund (PCDF), Dr. Wesley Hughes, says the PCDF has accomplished its mission, and will be integrated into the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service as of March 31, 2019. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on March 15, Dr. Hughes said that all assets […]

RAF-3-1-670x450

Country Embarks on Next Phase of Economic Reforms

Jamaica News: Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the country is now embarking on the next phase of economic reforms, which will ensure that monetary policy delivers low, stable and predictable inflation. This strategy, referred to as “inflation targeting”, is a monetary policy regime in which a central […]

JAMPRO-670x450

JAMPRO Leads Cosmetics Manufacturers to Trade Show in New Orleans

Jamaica News: The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be leading a team of local cosmetics manufacturers to participate in the Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show in New Orleans, United States, from March 30 to April 1. The annual beauty show, which is one of the largest of its kind in North America, attracts more than […]

DSC4335-670x450

Maritime Authority to Push for Blue Economy Legislation

Jamaica News: Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Brady, says the agency will be pushing for legislation governing exploration and development of a sustainable blue economy. The blue economy refers to the utilisation of the resources of the ocean for economic benefits, while ensuring the sustainability and productivity […]