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It is with regret that I learn of the tragic death of a resident of Breastworks in Portland, arising from a landslide in the area caused by the inclement weather the island has been experiencing since Monday (Nov. 20). I offer my condolence and encouragement to the family at this time of bereavement.
I have instructed a team led by the Hon. Dean Peart Minister of Local Government and the Environment, to tour the parishes that have been severely affected by the heavy rains to get a first-hand look at the damage and report back to me. The team includes Minister of State Harry Douglas and officials from the Ministry of Land and the Environment, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), National Works Agency and the Ministry of Health
A preliminary update supplied by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management indicates that St. Mary and Portland are the two worst affected parishes, followed by St. Ann and Trelawny. Flooding has been reported in Port Maria, the Rio Grande and Swift River valley.
The National Meteorological Office has advised that the Stationary Front over the island could continue to affect us until late Sunday evening and that the flash flood warning remains in effect for the entire island. I am therefore appealing to all Jamaicans to take the necessary precautions to protect life and property and to heed to warnings of the ODPEM and the Met Office.
Persons who live in low-lying areas should move to higher ground or seek shelter with relatives and friends before the situation worsens. The ODPEM Regional Emergency Coordinators are on alert and will activate emergency shelters as the need arise.
I urge you to remain calm as you make the necessary preparations for your own safety and those of your loved ones.