JIS News

Twenty two of 23 schools in western Jamaica, that were used as emergency shelters during the passage of Tropical Storm Gustav, have been vacated and cleaned by the occupants, and are ready for the re-opening of schools on Wednesday, September 3.
During the passing of the storm, five schools in St. James, 11 in Hanover and seven in Westmoreland were used as emergency shelters, to house over 200 persons from the three parishes.
Checks today (September 1), by JIS News, revealed that only the Broughton Primary School in Westmoreland, had one person and that individual should return home some time today.
Disaster Preparedness Co-ordinators in all three parishes had high praise for the persons who occupied the emergency shelters, as they all made sure the shelters were cleaned before vacating them.
During the passage of Tropical Storm Gustav, a total of 27 emergency shelters were opened across the three western Jamaica parishes, accommodating approximately 300 persons. Only two shelters remain opened today, with a total of 13 occupants.
With final assessments still to be completed, all indications are that the agricultural sector suffered the most damage.