Friday 27 November, 2020

Desperate search for teen continues after mudslide in St Andrew

The police and residents in Shooters Hill, St Andrew are expected to this morning continue their search to locate a teenage girl who is believed to be trapped under the rubble of her house which crumbled on Friday morning amid heavy rainfall.

The father of the teenager, Romeo Leechman, was found dead at the scene about 7 am.

Yesterday despite a desperate search by residents and members of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) the child was not found.

Reports are that the father and daughter were reportedly asleep inside the house when the landslide swept the wooden house in which they lived metres down a slope in a section of the community called Toby's Gully or Passion Gardens.

The body of the father, a 42-year-old landscaper was found buried in the rubble by residents.

There has been heavy rainfall across the island over the past few days, which the Meteorological Service said is due to a persistent trough of low pressure across the western Caribbean.

The met office said light to moderate, and at times heavy showers and thunderstorms occurred across sections of most parishes during the night, especially across eastern and south-central parishes.

A flash flood watch is in effect for all parishes.

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