$175m for flood repairs

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The Government says it has allocated $175 million in emergency funding to address critical infrastructure repairs in six of the parishes worst affected by adverse weather in recent weeks.According to Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, the allocation is primarily to facilitate the restoration of access to communities.

“As is well known, the rains from the surface trough that came to Jamaica three weeks ago, as well as the trough that is affecting parts of the island now, have resulted in flooding and land slippages, thus creating various problems for many citizens,” McKenzie said in a release yesterday.

“It is with this in mind that the decision to release these funds to the municipal corporations of the worst-affected parishes has been made,” he added

He also indicated that all municipal corporations would receive funding for Phase 1 of the annual mitigation programme.

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