Sunday 24 September, 2017

VIDEO: Jamaica not well prepared for hurricane season - PNP

Dr Peter Phillips

Dr Peter Phillips

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has questioned whether the island received value for money in the Government's multi-million-dollar drain cleaning and de-bushing programme late last year.

He raised the question at a press conference organised by the People's National Party on Wednesday against the background of recent flood rains that caused extensive damage across the island.

Phillips made special mention of Clarendon, the worst affected parish, he said, despite more than $100 million being expended there in the programme.

"Despite this parish having the most expenditure, it is still suffering from the worst flooding," Phillips said.

He added: "Some of the worst affected areas got no resources at all from this drain cleaning and debushing exercise."

What's worse, the PNP leader said, is that the island does not appear to be prepared for the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

"What is of even more concern to us is that all this flooding and resultant extensive damage is occurring before the hurricane season, and so it is pointing out to us that the country is not well prepared for the hurricane season," Phillips said.