Flooding Attributed to the Lack of Capacity to Handle Volume of Heavy Rainfall

Photo: JIS Photographer Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.

Story Highlights

  • Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Government will take a closer look at the management and approval process for developments in the country.
  • The prime minister says the flooding as a result of heavy rainfall affecting the country for the past 48 hours can, largely, be attributed to the country’s lack of capacity to deal with these extraordinary weather events.
  • The prime minister noted that with the onset of global warming the Government must move quickly to deal with the matter.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Government will take a closer look at the management and approval process for developments in the country.

The prime minister says the flooding as a result of heavy rainfall affecting the country for the past 48 hours can, largely, be attributed to the country’s lack of capacity to deal with these extraordinary weather events.

Following a preliminary briefing this morning (April 23) on the impact of the heavy rain, Mr. Holness said it is clear the existing drains in the country were not built to accommodate the large volume of water from the two days of rainfall.

He says there are capacity as well as developmental issues in the management of the country’s infrastructure.

“We have an extraordinary weather event that is causing problems on our decade’s old drainage system. As a country our development has not kept pace with our ability to deal with run off, solid waste management and other environmental issues. Added to that, past administrations have not managed the development process effectively to ensure that the increased capacity of the drainage systems matches the level of physical development. We now must develop a programme to expand and manage the country’s infrastructure to deal with such extraordinary weather events,” said the prime minister.

The prime minister noted that with the onset of global warming the Government must move quickly to deal with the matter.

Prime Minister Holness says the government will continue to do what is necessary to help persons who have been impact by the heavy rains.

The parish of Clarendon as well as the Eastern parishes of Portland and St. Thomas have reported instances of flooding as a result of the heavy rains.

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